Gun amnesty extended as more than 160 weapons surrendered

People now have longer to hand over weapons
People now have longer to hand over weapons
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A First World War German handgun is among the latest weapons surrendered to officers as police announce a week-long extension to a gun amnesty.

More than 160 weapons have so far been recovered but to maximise numbers, Northants Police has extended the window to hand in weapons until October 5.

Gun amnesty

Gun amnesty

Items have included multiple revolvers, shotguns, rifles, knives, a samurai sword, collections of ammunition and the German handgun (pictured below) which was recovered in working order.

This is the first amnesty in Northants since 2003 when 523 weapons were recovered.

Inspector Sarah Johnson, who is leading the amnesty, said she is ‘very pleased’ with the public response.

She said: “The range of weapons we’ve received has been very varied and we’re delighted they’re now off Northamptonshire’s streets and the risk of them potentially falling into the wrong hands has been eradicated.”

Most weapons handed in have not been licensed but it is not believed any of them were used in criminal activity.

Call 101 to request an appointment to hand over a weapon.