115 Guns Handed In To GMP

A total of 115 weapons - including a replica AK-47 - have been surrendered in Greater Manchester during the first week of the North West Firearms Surrender 2016.

So far the force has received 87 handguns, 7 shotguns, 16 rifles and 5 other weapons as well as 15 lots of ammunition.

GMP Assistant Chief Constable John O'Hare said: "It has been an extremely successful first week for the surrender and we would like to thank those who have taken the opportunity to give up the gun. However, we know there are many more firearms out there that we can take off the streets.

"We urge those who are still holding onto weapons to hand them in before the surrender comes to an end. The more weapons we are able to secure, the less opportunity there is for criminals to use them."

Greater Manchester Police and neighbouring forces across the North West continue to appeal for people to Give up the Gun with the two week surrender for firearms and ammunition, which started at 7am on Monday 4 April.

The surrender will expire on Monday 18 April 2016. Other North West forces have not revealed how many weapons they have received.

Giving up unwanted, unlicensed weapons avoids the risk of them becoming involved in criminality and means that members of the community can dispose of firearms in a safe place.