Firearms Amesty Launched
Shooting incidents across Greater Manchester have risen and now police have launched a two week drive to clear the streets of guns.
Police forces from across the North West are appealing for people to ‘Give up the Gun’ with a two week surrender of firearms and ammunition, starting at 7am on Monday 4 April 2016.
It’s been almost two years since the last firearms surrender, where forces ask members of the public to surrender unlawfully held or unwanted guns and ammunition to prevent them from getting into the wrong hands.
Many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or are overlooked and forgotten in people’s homes. Others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to harm, threaten and intimidate their local communities. The surrender gives the chance to dispose of the firearm or ammunition with no questions asked, by simply taking it to a local police station and handing it in – before a police operation to retrieve them takes place.
The surrender will be held for two weeks from Monday 4 April at 7am to 11.59pm on Monday 18 April. Surrendering 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.
During that period, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession upon surrender and can remain anonymous.
Greater Manchester Police Assistant Chief Constable John O’Hare said:
“The fight against gun crime is stronger than ever and we are working with partners and our local communities to safeguard, educate and intervene at the earliest opportunity.
“We use various tactics to locate weapons that have fallen into the wrong hands – but we need the public’s help. We want as many weapons as possible and would encourage people to hand them in.
“One weapon off the streets is one less that can be used, often multiple times, to harm and threaten our communities.
“If you know where a weapon is being kept illegally, now is your chance to give up the gun, or tell us anonymously where it is. You will not be prosecuted and you could save a life.”
Greater Manchester Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said:
“Gun crime has cast a shadow over Greater Manchester in recent months and the work of GMP and partner agencies has shown that this will not be tolerated. But the actions of a minority will not diminish the ambition of the good, law-abiding people of this conurbation to make our neighbourhoods safer and protect our young people from criminality.
“One less gun on the streets is one less gun causing damage to young lives and to our communities. That’s why I call on the people of Greater Manchester to look to their consciences and give up the gun this fortnight. It’s simply the right thing to do.”
Weapons and ammunition can be surrendered at the front desk of any police station but anyone handing in a firearm, ammunition or any other weapon during the surrender is advised to check the opening times of their station in advance by calling 101 or visiting the police website.
If you know of people involved in illegal firearms call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers is offering a reward up to £1000 for information that lead to the recovery of a firearm and an arrest and conviction.
For more information please visit www.gmpolice.co.uk/giveupthegun from Monday 4 April 2016.
Open 24 hours Daily
- City Centre Public Enquiry Counter,Ground Floor, Mount Street Elevation, Town Hall Extension, Manchester, M2 5DB
Open 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. Daily
- Central Park, Northampton Road, Manchester M40 5BP
- Longsight Police Station, Grindlow Street, Longsight M13 0LL
- Swinton Police Station, Chorley Road, Swinton M27 6BA
- Ashton Police Station, Manchester Road, Ashton OL7 9BQ
- Cheadle Heath Police Station, Spectrum Way, SK3 0SA
- Bolton Police Station, Scholey Street, off Manchester Road, Bolton BL2 1HD
- Wigan Police Station, Robin Park Way, Wigan WN5 0UP
- Stretford Police Station, Talbot Road, Stretford M32 0UX
- Bury Police Station, Dunster Road, Bury BL9 0RD
- Rochdale Police Station, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AG
- Oldham Police Station, Barn Street, Oldham OL1 1LR
Open Monday to Saturday, closed Sundays and public holidays
- Pendleton Police Station, Meyrick Road, Pendleton M6 5JA 10 am – 6 pm
- Wythenshawe Police Station, Poundswick Lane, Wythenshawe M22 9PQ 8am - 11pm
- Hyde Police Station, Clarendon Road, Hyde SK14 2JZ 9 am – 5 pm
- Stockport - Fred Perry House, Edward Street, Stockport. SK1 3XE 8.30 am - 4.30 pm
- Horwich Police Station, Burnden Way, Middlebrook, Bolton BL6 6JW 10 am – 6 pm
- Leigh Police Station, Chapel Street, Leigh WN7 2PG 9.30 am – 5.30 pm
- Altrincham Police Station, Barrington Road, Altrincham WA14 1HZ 10 am – 6 pm
- Whitefield Police Station, Bury New Road, Whitefield M45 8QN 10 am – 6 pm
- Middleton Police Station, Oldham Road, Middleton M24 1AY 9.30 am – 5.30 pm
- Chadderton Police Station, Broadgate, Chadderton OL9 9XA 8 am – 4 pm
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