Over 100 weapons handed in

More than 100 weapons have been handed in as part of Derbyshire police’s gun amnesty.

Air weapons, BB guns, shotguns, starting pistols , several hundred rounds of ammunition and even a deactivated grenade will now be destroyed by police.

The amnesty started last week and is taking place across Derbyshire until tomorrow.

People with firearms or ammunition that they no longer want, need or should not have in the first place can hand them in at police stations during the surrender.

Temporary chief inspector Shaun Skelton, of Derbyshire police, said: “We have had a fantastic response from the public in the first week of the gun surrender.

“The volume of firearms of all types, along with the ammunition we have had handed in, shows just how invaluable surrender operations such as this can be.

“It doesn’t matter if the firearms are real, imitations, antiques or fully licensed guns the licence holder no longer needs – we want them all to be handed in.

“By taking these guns out of circulation, we are helping to keep communities in Derbyshire safe from gun crime,” he added.

The 12-day surrender – which is the first across the entire county for 11 years – is part of a national crackdown aimed at reducing the number of guns in circulation.