[IMAGE: Firearms handed in during the surrender]
Londoners are being reminded that they have three more days to hand in real and imitation weapons as the Met's firearms surrender campaign draws to a close.
To date, 25 weapons have been handed in. They are:
- three shotguns;
- six miscellaneous firearms;
- 13 air weapons;
- three imitation weapons.
In addition, 11 bags of ammunition have been surrendered.
Firearms can be handed in at any of the Met's 24-hour police stations, which are listed at: www.met.police.uk/giveupyourgun. The surrender ends on Sunday, 6 December at 23:00.
Detective Superintendent Stephen Clayman of the Trident and Area Crime Command, said:
"Whilst some dangerous weapons and ammunition have been surrendered over the last ten days, I acknowledge that the number of firearms being handed in is lower than expected, hence this final last push to encourage people to do the right thing. As of next week, anyone found with illegal firearms may well be prosecuted, so now is the time to surrender them.
"If you have any weapons at home, even if you think they are locked away safely, I would urge you to take this opportunity to dispose of them safely and securely to avoid them falling in the wrong hands, especially if stolen. In an inappropriate setting, decommissioned and imitation weapons can easily cause fear and panic, and could lead to a police response involving the deployment of armed police officers, with potentially tragic results."
During the surrender period, people surrendering firearms may not face prosecution for illegal possession and can remain anonymous. Each live weapon handed in will be assessed by firearms officers, with some weapons being forensically checked for evidence.
Last year's surrender was the first in six years and part of a nationwide campaign.
Anyone wanting more details about how to surrender firearms or ammunition should contact their local police. If you have any information regarding gun or gang crime you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or access a secure online form via www.crimestoppers-uk.org. In an emergency always call 999.
Local breakdown - guns surrendered by borough:
- Kensington & Chelsea - shotgun cartridges
- Westminster - one handgun and ammunition
- Hammersmith & Fulham - one deactivated AK47 and shotgun shells
- Tower Hamlets - bullets
- Redbridge - two air rifles and pellets
- Southwark - a quantity of ammunition
- Lewisham - one handgun, two rifles and one GAT air pistol
- Bromley - one handgun
- Brent - one black firearm (no further details at this time)
- Greenwich - blank firing ammunition and other ammunition
- Bexley - three air weapons
- Barnet - one shotgun
- Richmond - shotgun cartridges
- Hounslow - one shotgun
- Kingston - one air gun
- Merton - one shotgun and cartridge, three air rifles and one paint ball gun
- Wandsworth - one air rifle
- Enfield - one pistol, cartridge and holster
- Croydon - one air pistol, pellets, CO2 gas cylinders
- Sutton - one black handgun & ammunition
Total of 25 weapons surrendered.