Guns, knives and ammunition handed in as part of Weapons Surrender

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Guns, knives and ammunition have already been handed in at West Yorkshire Police stations as part of its weapons surrender.

West Yorkshire Police launched a 10 day surrender on November 20 to give people the chance to hand over guns and other weapons.

It followed a recent change in the law which now makes it illegal for certain people to hold antique weapons and is one of a number organised this year by police forces across the country.

And the response so far has been very positive.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Andy Battle, said: “We have already had 25 guns (or gun parts or ammunition) and 11 other weapons handed in at West Yorkshire police stations and that is a fantastic response.

“That’s 36 weapons that will now be safely disposed of and will never fall into the wrong hands.

“We have worked very hard to reduce gun and knife crime in West Yorkshire and it remains low in West Yorkshire. We take firearms offences very seriously and don’t want people to fall foul of the change in the law by keeping hold of these weapons.

“There are still five days to go so I would encourage as many people as possible to hand in their weapons at a police station.”

Weapons can be handed in at the following police stations:

Elland Road Police Station, Elland Road, Leeds, LS11 8BU, 8am - 10pm - seven days a week.

Dewsbury Police Station, Aldams Road, Dewsbury, WF12 8AR, 8am - 10pm Monday to Sunday.

Wakefield District Headquarters, Havertop Lane, Normanton, WF6 1FD, 8am - 10pm Monday to Saturday.

Killingbeck Police Station, Foundry Lane, Seacroft, Leeds, LS14 6NN, 8am - 10pm - seven days a week.

Huddersfield Police Station, Castlegate, Huddersfield, HD1 2NJ, 8am - 10pm Monday to Sunday.

Weetwood Police Station, 300 Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 6RG, Open 8am - 10pm, Monday to Sunday, Closed Bank Holidays

Bradford South Police Station, Trafalgar House, Nelson Street, Bradford, BD5 0DX, 8am - midnight Monday to Sunday.

Keighley Police Station, Airedale House, Royd Ings Avenue, Keighley, BD21 4BZ, 8am - midnight Monday to Sunday.

Halifax Police Station, Richmond Close, Halifax, HX1 5TW, 7am - 11pm, Monday to Sunday.

Anyone with information about the illegal possession or use of firearms should contact West Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.