South Yorkshire Police are taking part in the national firearm surrender, appealing to people to hand in their unwanted guns and ammunition in a bid to make the streets of South Yorkshire safer.
Many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or fear of the consequences. Others can make their way into the wrong hands and become distributed by criminal networks to harm and cause fear amongst the local community. The surrender gives people the chance to dispose of firearms and ammunition by simply taking them to a police station and handing them over.
The surrender will take place from Saturday 20 July and will run until midnight on Sunday 4 August. During this time, members of the community can safely dispose of their firearms and will not face prosecution for the illegal possession.
The surrender does not provide immunity from prosecution for the life of the weapon. If a gun or ammunition is believed to have been used in previous criminal activity, this will be fully investigated.
Detective Inspector Marie Bulmer explains how South Yorkshire Police is committed to tackling gun crime and early intervention and working with the local community are key to achieving safer streets.
She said: “When a gun falls into the wrong hands the damage can be devastating and life-long. This is your chance to help make sure there are less weapons on our streets.
“I urge anyone who has a firearm being kept illegally to hand it in to your nearest police station, this can be done anonymously. I also ask anyone who knows of someone else keeping a firearm to report it via 101 or Crimestoppers.
“One weapon off the streets is one less that can be used to harm people in our communities.”
You can hand your firearms into the following police stations
Snig Hill in Sheffield- S3 8LY
Ecclesfield in Sheffield- S35 9WL
Moss Way in Sheffield- S20 7XX
Main Street in Rotherham- S60 1QY
Churchfield in Barnsley- S70 2DL
College Road in Doncaster- DN1 3BU
They advise that anyone travelling to a police station to surrender their firearm do so in a responsible manner, please carry the firearm unloaded and in a bag.
If you are having difficulty in taking your firearm to your local station please call 101 for assistance.