South Yorkshire Police has been forced to write to thousands of gun licence holders to check what weapons they own – after discovering a member of staff had been recording details wrongly.
A female worker from the force’s firearms licensing team was dismissed for misconduct in February for either ‘inaccurately recording’ updated information or not recording it at all.
The force has contacted all 9,000 licence holders and asked them to confirm their details to ensure records are correct.
Bosses say it is not clear why the worker failed to record the information.
So far, 4,500 licence owners have responded since receiving letters in May, but officers may have to visit the remainder if they fail to confirm their details.
Chief Superintendant Rob Odell said: “We are in a situation not of our making, but we are trying to deal with it in as quick and pragmatic a way as possible.
“We are keen to assure our records and this is the best way to do it.”