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Thames Valley Police begins two-week gun amnesty

A firearms and ammunition amnesty has begun in the Thames Valley to reduce the number of illegally held weapons.

Those who hand in unlicensed guns, bullets and antique firearms to Thames Valley Police before 22:00 GMT on 7 December will not face prosecution for illegal possession.

Ch Insp Lindsay James said the aim of the surrender was to "stop guns getting into the wrong hands".

"Every gun given up is one less that criminals can use," he said.

"Licence holders are also encouraged to use this amnesty to consider the surrender of weapons they no longer have a use for.

"It can also be used to get rid of firearms left by a family member who has died."

In July, the maximum jail term for possessing an illegal gun increased from 10 years to life.

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