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"If you have unwanted firearms or ammunition, or have even a shadow of doubt about the legality anything in your possession, hand it in".

People surrendering firearms will not be required to leave any information but if police suspect a weapon may have been involved in a crime, they will examine it for evidence.

Norfolk and Suffolk Police are asking people to hand in their guns, as they support a national surrender on firearms and ammunition.

"The surrender provides the ideal opportunity to safely dispose of these weapons and to prevent them from ending up on the streets and falling into criminals hands, which only brings destruction and devastation to our communities".

"We will not initiate proceedings against the person that surrenders the firearm at the point that they surrender it, however, what we will do is investigate the history of that firearm and if it's seen to be linked to a crime in the past we will prosecute as we see appropriate".

In Warwickshire, 113 weapons were handed in during the last surrender.

Residents should make sure that the firearm is unloaded and covered up, and if possible people are asked to ring the police beforehand on 101 to let officers know that they are bringing a gun in as part of the operation.

Anyone handing in firearms or ammunition during the surrender period is advised to check the opening times of their nearest participating police enquiry office.

Officers say many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality - or are overlooked and forgotten in people's homes. However others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to threaten or harm their local communities. "If you have a gun that falls into any of these categories, now is your chance to hand it in". "This way you can be confident you have got rid of a firearm safely".

The previous national surrender was in 2014 when nearly 100 firearms were handed in across South Wales.

People can also surrender items that have the potential to be converted, such as antique guns, blank firing replicas and imitations.

Illegal possession of a firearm can mean five years behind bars and if you are found guilty of possession with intent to supply it can lead to a life sentence.

The gun surrender is being organized by the UK's National Ballistics Intelligence Service.

- Colwyn Bay Police Station.

Anyone anxious about handling a weapon can contact police on 101 first for advice or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. "Ensuring that items which may be illegal, unsafe or insecure are handed to police will help to keep Dorset a safe place to live and visit".

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