ESSEX Police have revealed that they received over 180 firearms during their two-week surrender.
The surrender, which ran between November 13 to November 26, encouraged anyone with an unlicensed firearm to hand it to one of the eight police stations around the county.
Essex Police revealed that 184 firearms and 9,000 rounds of ammunition were given in. The firearms included 69 real guns, 64 imitation guns, 50 air weapons and a stun gun.
Tests took place on the weapons to discover their history and to identify whether or not it had previously been used in crime.
Detective Chief Superintendent Rob Fordham, stated, ‘Firearms can ruin lives and I’m really pleased we’ve had so many handed into us.’
He continued, ‘I think the response we’ve had indicates people in Essex feel as strongly about preventing firearms from falling into the wrong hands as we do and I want to thank them for their support to make Essex an even safer place.’
The previous firearm surrender, held between October and November last year, saw 129 firearms handed in.
If you have any information about someone having or using a illegally held firearm contact Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.