Tyne & Wear

Gun amnesty held by Northumbria Police

People who illegally own guns or ammunition are being given the chance to surrender their weapons without fear of prosecution.

Northumbria Police is starting a week-long amnesty as forces across the country take similar action.

People will not be prosecuted for illegal possession, but the force said action would be considered if a gun was found to have been used in a crime.

Police hope the move will take firearms off the streets.

The force is also encouraging people to hand in imitation weapons, antiques, air guns and ball bearing guns to prevent them being used for crime.

Assistant Chief Constable Winton Keenen said: "Similar amnesties are being held across the country and we're taking part to encourage people to hand in weapons to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

"It gives people the opportunity to safely dispose of firearms with peace of mind in a secure environment."

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