Revolvers, rifles, bullets and pistols surrendered

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More than 50 guns and 600 rounds of ammunition were handed in at South Yorkshire police stations in an amnesty aimed at preventing weapons from falling into the wrong hands.

Police chiefs organised as 12-day amnesty and said they were ‘pleased’ with the number of weapons surrendered.

The cache of 52 guns handed in included 15 shotguns, 10 air rifles, seven revolvers, seven air pistols, seven imitation guns, four rifles and two muskets.

Around 300 ammunition rounds and 300 shotgun cartridges were also handed in during the amnesty.

To encourage people to take advantage of the amnesty members of the public were allowed to bring in unwanted or illegally owned guns without fear of being prosecuted for possession.

The aim was to reduce the availability of guns ending up on the county’s streets.

Detective Chief Inspector Zaf Ali, South Yorkshire Police’s lead officers for armed criminality and gangs said: “I am very pleased with the number of firearms that have been handed in and want to thank the public for taking the time to bring in these weapons.

“Taking these weapons off the streets and out of circulation means they will not fall into the hands of criminals and be used in any form of criminality.

“Thankfully gun crime is relatively low in South Yorkshire and with the public taking advantage of this opportunity to safely dispose of these firearms, we can continue to keep the figure low and keep our streets safe from this type of crime.”

The last amnesty in South Yorkshire was held in March 2007 and ran for 30 days.

On that occasion there were 78 weapons handed in over the month.

All the guns handed in have been deactivated by firearms officers.

They are sent off for specialist tests to establish whether they have been used in any crimes.

Anyone with information about those involved in gun crime in South Yorkshire should call police on 101.