Firearm amnesty at police stations in Mansfield, Sutton and Ollerton

Stock pic for website Mansfield police station
Stock pic for website Mansfield police station

A gun amnesty will signal the launch of crackdown on firearms across the county.

For two weeks in March, people can surrender guns and ammunition, without fear of prosecution, at police stations on Mansfield’s Great Central Road, Sutton’s Church Street and Ollerton’s Forest Road.

Guns were used in two serious crimes in recent weeks, including the attempted robbery of a shop in Mansfield Woodhouse in which a pistol was held to a shopkeeper’s head, and an attempted murder in Huthwaite.

Despite this, police say the last amnesty more than 10 years ago had positive results.

Det Chief Insp Mick Luke, said: “Gun crime has fallen since the last amnesty we held back in 2004.

“This is a result of continued efforts from the force and our partners with the approach that we now take with the ‘Ending Gang and Youth Violence initiative’.

“There was one fatal shooting last year (in Arnold). This is one death too many. We want as many weapons as possible and would encourage people to hand them in.

“Together with our partners we continually work hard to educate young people about firearms and the dangers that come with them, to ensure that gun crime doesn’t become prevalent.”

Police say many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or are overlooked and forgotten in people’s homes.

People can drop off firearms anonymously at the stations between 7am on Monday 3rd March, and 7am on 17th March.

The history of each live weapon will be checked for evidence of its use in crimes.