2 Week Gun Amnesty In Kent

10 November 2017, 09:39

Guns

A two week gun amnesty is starting in Kent from next Monday

Kent Police is appealing for people to hand in unwanted or illegally held guns during their two week surrender of firearms and ammunition.

It starts at 8am on Monday 13 November 2017 and ends at 5pm on Sunday 26 November 2017.

Members of the public can dispose of firearms or ammunition by taking them to any of the police stations in Kent identified below.

During this period, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for illegal possession and can remain anonymous.

Many firearms are held innocently with owners unaware of their illegality, or are overlooked heirlooms forgotten in people's homes.

Others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to threaten or harm their local communities.

This surrender is an opportunity to dispose of unwanted, unlicensed weapons in a safe place and avoid the risk of them falling into the wrong hands.

More than 100 guns were handed in to Kent Police during last year's firearms surrender.

Detective Chief Superintendent Rob Fordham said: 'This firearms surrender is part of a larger Kent Police operation, known as Operation Raptor, to tackle, disrupt and prevent violent crime and the possession of offensive weapons across the county.

'During these two weeks we encourage the public to hand in as many unwanted or unlicensed firearms as possible.

'If you know where a weapon is being kept illegally, now is your chance to give it up or tell us anonymously where it is. You will not be prosecuted, you could prevent it falling into the wrong hands, and you could save a life.'

During the surrender the public can hand firearms to the front counter at the following police stations:

Folkestone
Dover
Margate
Ashford
Canterbury
Sittingbourne
Tonbridge
Tunbridge Wells
Maidstone
Swanley