Hands up! First firearms amnesty in more than a decade to be held in county

Gun amnesty
Gun amnesty

The first firearms amnesty in more than a decade is being held in Herts to coincide with a national drive to rid the UK’s streets of guns.

Between November 10 and November 21, people can drop off their firearms at police stations or arrange for it to be collected by officers.

It can be done anonymously and without the fear of prosecution.

Crime commissioner David Lloyd said: “Fortunately there is little gun-related crime in the county, but as part of the wider crime prevention and reduction campaigns we run in Hertfordshire, this can only contribute to making the county safer and continue to keep this type of crime low.”

New legislation introduced in July means that some people who already have firearms may now be breaking the law.

Herts Chief Supt Jane Swinburne said: “There is very little gun crime in Herts but as part of a coordinated national campaign to stop guns falling into the wrong hands, we are joining forces across the country to help people dispose of guns safely.

“It is likely there are people in possession of a firearm that they have inherited or overlooked or forgotten about. Whatever the circumstances, the amnesty provides the opportunity to dispose of these unwanted firearms safely and with peace of mind.”

For more information visit www.herts.police.uk/amnesty or call 01707 806126. Firearms can be dropped off at Watford, Hatfield, Stevenage and Hoddesdon police stations during the amnesty.

Use the same contact methods if you own a firearm and would like to discuss applying for a certificate enabling you to own it legally,