Gun Amnesty Starts In Kent

13 November 2017, 09:06

Kent Police Firearms Amnesty

A two week gun amnesty starts across Kent this morning to help tackle a big rise in violent crime.

For a fortnight we're allowed to hand in unwanted or illegal guns without being arrested.

A police spokesman said many firearms were held innocently, with owners unaware of their illegality, or were overlooked heirlooms.

Others were used by criminals to threaten or harm others.

Latest figures show violent crime was up 34% last year.

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

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

Check the opening times of a station by calling 101 or visiting the Kent Police website before attending. For opening times visit https://www.kent.police.uk/your-area/. Individuals wishing to dispose of an unwanted firearm or ammunition who cannot attend the above stations should call 101 and collection will be arranged.