West Mercia and Warwickshire Police start gun amnesty

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Media captionA similar firearms surrender in the West Midlands force area saw 130 weapons handed in

A two-week amnesty on illegally-held guns and ammunition has begun across parts of the West Midlands.

People in Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire are being urged to surrender them at a police station.

Some owners of legally-held firearms also have old weapons they no longer require, police said.

If police suspect a weapon may have been used in a crime they will examine the gun for evidence.

The amnesty follows similar moves in Staffordshire and Birmingham.

'Fall into wrong hands'

Supt Charles Hill said: "As well as all the legal firearms, we know that there are a lot of unregistered older weapons, perhaps in people's lofts or garages.

"While these are not being used for criminal activities they can and sometimes do fall into the wrong hands and are used to commit crimes.

"This is an opportunity for people who do have such firearms to bring them to us to be dealt with appropriately."

Surrendered weapons will be destroyed or donated to a museum if of historical value, police said.

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