Search

Police launch gun amnesty to remove deadly weapons from east London streets

PUBLISHED: 09:13 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:14 13 November 2017

Police are encouraging gun owners to surrender their weapons Picture: Met Police

Police are encouraging gun owners to surrender their weapons Picture: Met Police

Met Police

A two week gun amnesty is taking place in a bid to reduce the number of deadly weapons on the streets.

Firearms and ammunition can be handed in at police stations, including those in east London, and will not face prosecution for illegal possession.

Commander Jim Stokley, of the Met’s Trident and Area Crime Command, said: “We urge members of the public who may have any unwanted guns to hand them in to police to prevent them from falling into criminal hands.

“The guns we see being used in shooting incidents in London are often converted, formerly legally-owned, firearms.

“Others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to threaten or harm their local communities.

“We know that friends, family members and girlfriends of gang members are often asked to look after firearms to hide them from police, but saying ‘it’s not my gun’ is not a defence. Illegal possession of a firearm can mean five years behind bars, and if you are found guilty of possession with intent to supply, that can lead to an even longer prison sentence.

“Each firearm we retrieve helps to reduce the threat of gun crime in London.”

The surrender begins today and runs until Sunday, November 26.

Guns can be handed in at the following police stations, which are open 24 hours a day:

Bethnal Green police station, Victoria Park Square

Dagenham police station, Rainham Road South

Forest Gate police station, Romford Road

Ilford police station, High Road

Romford police station, Main Road

If you know of anyone involved with illegal firearms call police on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers (anonymously) on 0800 555 111.

Latest East London News Stories

08:00

Letters, contributions and comments sent in to the Advertiser this week.

Reports of the recent rise of violent crime in London have been deeply concerning.

Yesterday, 15:00

This year’s Virgin Money London Marathon follows the usual route from Greenwich Park to the Mall.

Yesterday, 12:00

High achievers from London and Essex were rewarded for their hard work with a lesson in rowing on the Royal Docks yesterday.

Yesterday, 10:00

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

Yesterday, 07:05

Richard Horwood is hoping the open election meeting he is chairing on Tuesday for candidates running for Tower Hamlets mayor doesn’t turn into a disaster where they can’t answer questions about the vital Isle of Dogs’ upcoming Neighbourhood Plan.

Fri, 18:51

Two teenage girls who have been missing from a seaside village for a week could be in Tower Hamlets, police believe.

Fri, 17:01

A four-day festival of baul and vaishnav music returns to Tower Hamlets.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now