Thames Valley Police Launches Firearms Surrender

  |  Published: Nov 13th 2017
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The surrender runs from today 13/11 until Sunday 26/11 and is part of a national initiative run by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS). It aims to reduce the number of illegally held firearms within our communities.

Each firearm handed into us is one less that could fall into the hands of criminals.

Whether it is an old family heirloom that has been stored away for years, a former military weapon or an unwanted firearm which was previously legally owned - all can be handed in to your local police station, safe in the knowledge that they will be disposed of safely.

We will also accept replica firearms, air weapons, BB guns, imitation firearms, antique guns, component parts and other ballistic items.

During the fortnight firearms licence holders are also being encouraged to consider the surrender of weapons they no longer have any use for.

Chief Inspector Emma Baillie, Head of Armed Response for the Joint Operations Unit for Hampshire and Thames Valley, said: “This is your chance to safely dispose of any guns or ammunition you no longer want but don’t know what to do with.

“Surrender them now and we can dispose of them safely, making sure that they do not fall into the hands of criminals.

“We know that the consequences of firearms or replica firearms falling into the wrong hands can be fatal and can cause real fear within our communities.

“They also have the potential of being used against our own officers who could find themselves confronted with someone wielding a weapon in public.

“While crimes involving firearms in Thames Valley are rare, we know that every firearm poses a potential threat if they are not licensed and stored safely.

“That is why we are offering this opportunity to safely hand in your unwanted firearms.

“The fight against gun crime is stronger than ever. We take all reports of incidents involving firearms extremely seriously and robust action will be taken against anyone who commits a firearms related offence.”

During the two-week campaign, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for the illegal possession upon surrender and can remain anonymous.

However, this is not an amnesty and if further examination of a surrendered firearm reveals a link to a crime, this will be investigated.

We are asking anyone who is unsure about an item they have to call us on 101 to get advice on what they should do. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Historic ordnance should not be moved or handed in to any stations, if you think you have any items like this, please call us on 101 for advice.

Please see below for a list of which stations will be taking part in the surrender:

 

Station

Opening Times

Abingdon

0800-2200, 7 days per week

Amersham  

1000-1800, Mon-Fri

Aylesbury

0800-2200, 7 days per week

Banbury

0800-2200, 7 days per week

Bicester

1000-1800, Mon-Fri

Bracknell

1000-1800, Mon-Fri

High Wycombe        

0800-2200, 7 days per week

HQ South, Kidlington    

0700-1800, Mon-Fri

Loddon Valley

0800-2200, 7 days per week

Maidenhead

0800-2200, 7 days per week

Milton Keynes         

0800-2200, 7 days per week

Newbury

0800-2200, 7 days per week

Oxford

0800-2200, 7 days per week

Reading

0800-2200, 7 days per week

Slough

0800-2200, 7 days per week

Witney

1000-1800, Mon-Fri

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