South Yorkshire Police appeal for information on those carrying and supplying guns

A specialist police team set up to tackle armed crime in South Yorkshire is urging people with information on those carrying and supplying guns to come forward.

Monday, 8th February 2021, 2:41 pm
Updated Monday, 8th February 2021, 2:44 pm

The appeal has been made in support of a National Crime Agency campaign aimed at raising awareness of gun legislation in the UK.

It is illegal to possess most firearms without a licence in the UK, and South Yorkshire Police said the force is working hard to stop the ability of criminals ‘to acquire, distribute and sell firearms’.

The force said many UK shootings are from converted, modified or reactivated firearms smuggled through channel crossing routes, with illegal pistol and shotguns being the most frequently used.

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South Yorkshire Police is raising awareness of gun legislation

It said to protect people from such weapons, people need to come forward with information or concerns.

Superintendent Ian Proffitt, who heads up the Armed Crime Team, said: “We are working hard in South Yorkshire to tackle armed criminality and those who are intent on creating fear and causing harm on our streets.

“Over the last year, we have sadly had to deal with a number of incidents involving firearms in some of our communities. As a force we are absolutely committed to bringing those responsible before the courts, and we are investing heavily in resources to disrupt the activity of the criminal gangs.

“I would like to urge the public to support our efforts by working with us, talking to us and reporting any information or concerns as soon as you can. Your information can make a huge difference to our investigations and it can ultimately help break chains of violence.

“We have already had some significant prosecutions as a result of the community working with us, so if you’re concerned about organised crime, drugs or guns in your community, please contact us.

“We support this NCA campaign and continue to highlight the importance of understanding firearms legislation in the UK.”

The National Crime Agency said last year 552 illegal firearms were seized as a result of NCA activity.

It said many are smuggled into the UK via Europe but stolen lawfully-held firearms are also in circulation.