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Gun amnesty ends with hundreds handed in

PUBLISHED: 10:37 01 May 2003 | UPDATED: 13:48 03 March 2010

MORE than 800 firearms have been handed into Suffolk Police during the one-month gun amnesty.

This picture shows the haul of guns recovered just hours before yesterday's midnight deadline.

MORE than 800 firearms have been handed into Suffolk Police during the one-month gun amnesty.

This picture shows the haul of guns recovered just hours before yesterday's midnight deadline.

The final figure is not being released by police until tomorrow, but so far a total of 816 firearms and more than 1,600 rounds of ammunition were handed into police stations in the county as part of a national initiative to rid the streets of violent weapons.

With the deadline for people to surrender guns having expired, anyone caught in possession of an unlicensed firearm could face a five-year prison term under proposed legislation.

Among the gun haul were more than 160 illegal firearms, including self-loading pistols, revolvers and fully automatic guns.

Suffolk police firearms licensing manager, Richard Kennett, said the haul would help police in their efforts to make the county a safer place.

"Every weapon that is handed over to us helps to make Suffolk safer. The weapons entrusted to us will not fall into the hands of criminals," he added.


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