Success in Derbyshire weapons amnesty

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A crossbow and a decommissioned AK-47 are among almost 60 weapons handed in during the first weeks of a month-long amnesty.

Since the operation was launched on 1st May, 57 weapons have been surrendered at police stations and at the mobile unit, including nine guns, nine swords and a crossbow.

The amnesty has been organised by Derbyshire police and Derby City Council and it runs until the end of the month.

Chief Insp Steve Pont said: “The purpose of the amnesty is to reduce the risk of weapons falling into the wrong hands.

“Every weapon handed in to us is one less weapon out in the community, which someone could one day use to commit a crime.

“To have had almost 60 weapons handed in so far is a pleasing start to the amnesty, but there are still plenty of opportunities to surrender items like knifes and BB guns.

“I would urge anyone – whether you own a weapon yourself or you want to hand one in on behalf of a friend or family member – to visit one of the weapon bins.”

Sgt Ben Meakin, of the multi-agency gang team, has been involved in organising the amnesty. He said: “When I have been out with the mobile police station, we have had a great response from people.

“Residents aren’t just coming over to hand in weapons, they’re keen to share information with us about weapons in the community or find out more about how they can get help and support for people they know who are involved in gangs. It’s been very positive so far.”