Knife and gun amnesty sees huge hauls amassed in Essex and Midlands

Knife and gun amnesty sees huge hauls amassed in Essex and Midlands

Hundreds of guns and more than a thousand knives have been handed in to authorities in two recent weapons amnesties – in a stark reminder of the reality of ‘Wild West’ Britain. 

One deadly arsenal was handed in to a single police force in just a three-week period as part of their latest firearms surrender.

The haul of more than 100 guns include a .44 Magnum revolver, 20 shotguns, a Winchester Repeater rifle as well a Second World War flare gun.

They were handed in to West Midlands Police last month as the region saw a spike in shootings and will now be forensically tested before being destroyed.

Meanwhile, around 1,500 blades were amassed by anti-knives charity Only Cowards Carry from three collection points across Essex in just three months.

It comes as the Government plans to ban ‘Zombie’ blades in a fresh crackdown launched in the wake of Britain’s bloody knife crime epidemic.

This terrifying haul of around 1,500 knives was deposited in three amnesty bins across Essex

Hundreds of guns and thousands of knives have been handed in to authorities in two recent weapons amnesties – in a stark reminder of the reality of ‘Wild West’ Britain. (The ones pictured were handed in recently in the West Midlands)

One deadly arsenal was handed in to a single police force – West Midlands Police – in just a three-week period as part of their latest firearms surrender

The haul of more than 100 guns include a .44 Magnum revolver, 20 shotguns, a Winchester Repeater rifle as well a Second World War flare gun

They were handed in to West Midlands Police last month as the region saw a spike in shootings and will now be forensically tested before being destroyed

The latest surrender by the force came at a time when the West Midlands saw a surge in the number of violent crimes. West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson added: ‘Every weapon handed in is potentially a life saved’

‘We are continuing our crackdown on violent crime using Section 60 powers, which allow us to stop and search anyone we think may be involved in criminality and violence,’ said Detective Inspector Rod Rose, from the force’s Prevent team

Recent figures from the Office of National Statistics has shown that gun violence has rocketed in Britain by 20 per cent, with 6,694 offences in the 12 months to January

Among the hoard of 116 weapons in the West Midlands were six pistols – including a war-time Enfield.45, seven revolvers and 16 batches of ammunition. 

Detective Inspector Rod Rose, from the force’s Prevent team, said: ‘Coming just six months after our last firearms surrender which saw 245 weapons handed in, this is a significant result and shows that there are still firearms out there which could be lethal in the wrong hands.

‘We are continuing our crackdown on violent crime using Section 60 powers, which allow us to stop and search anyone we think may be involved in criminality and violence.

WHERE KNIFE CRIMES HAVE INCREASED THE MOST 

Norfolk – 274 per cent 

Warwickshire – 180 per cent 

North Wales – 134 per cent 

Hertfordshire – 150 per cent 

Hampshire – 102 per cent 

Bedfordshire – 86 per cent

Essex – 86 per cent 

Cambridgeshire – 83 per cent  

Thames Valley – 50 per cent   

‘And we are continuing our work with young people who may be on the cusp of becoming involved in gang culture through our “Precious Lives” project, where thousands of schoolchildren have seen a hard-hitting presentation on the dangers of carrying weapons.’

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson added: ‘Every weapon handed in is potentially a life saved.

‘The region is a safer place with these weapons no longer on the streets, as there is always the potential they could fall into the wrong hands.

‘Guns ruin lives and have a devastating impact on the communities of the West Midlands.

‘For everybody who decided to hand in their weapon, may I say a big thank you – you have done the right thing.’

The latest surrender by the force came at a time when the West Midlands saw a surge in the number of violent crimes.

Taimoor Zaheer, 22, was gunned down in his car in Handsworth, Birmingham on May 22.

Anib Khan, 23, was arrested by Kent Police as he tried to board a ferry in Dover the next day and appeared before magistrates last month.

The latest surrender by the force came at a time when the West Midlands saw a surge in the number of violent crimes. Taimoor Zaheer (pictured), 22, was gunned down in his car in Handsworth, Birmingham on May 22

The murder was followed by two shooting incidents and a fatal stabbing in the city within a 24-hour period the next weekend.

Keelan Wilson, 15, was also killed that month after being knifed following a violent disorder between a group of youths in Wolverhampton.

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