Cleveland Police reviews firearms licences

Cleveland Police is to review all the firearms licences in the force area.

The move is aimed at reassuring the public the processes are "robust and fit for purpose".

There are currently about 4,000 licences held in the force area and it is expected to take a number of months to carry out all the checks.

The review is in addition to the regular five-year renewal checks, or assessments of suitability following an incident with a licence-holder.

Insp Mick Robson said: "Our aim is to reassure the people of Cleveland that we take our responsibilities in terms of protecting the public from danger extremely seriously.

"We are conducting the review to ensure that each and every individual that currently holds a firearms licence is suitable to do so."

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