Knutsford police area has highest returns in Cheshire gun amnesty
Officers covering Knutsford had the county’s highest number of firearms handed over to Cheshire Police as part of a two week amnesty in November.
29 firearms, plus ammunition, were handed into Macclesfield officers during the amnesty with 104 weapons handed in in total.
Crewe and Warrington were the only two areas of Cheshire to see more guns returned than Macclesfield.
Inspector David Price said: “Firstly, I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who had the confidence to come forward and surrender items during this campaign.
“Thanks to their support we can ensure that these weapons never get into the wrong hands.
“I would also like to reassure local residents that whilst some people may be concerned by the number of firearms we received, the majority of firearms surrendered were air rifles which were no longer used.
“We also received a number of unwanted, unlicensed firearms, BB Guns along with antique weapons which has been passed down through generations.”
Weapons will be deactivated and destroyed following a satisfactory investigation by experts to ensure that they have not been used in criminal activity.
Inspector Price also said: “Although gun crime in Cheshire is low we must never forget that firearms are extremely dangerous, and can be deadly if they get into the wrong hands.
“This surrender was just one of a number of measures that we are taking to help to keep it low and reduce it even further.
“Whilst this surrender has now ended, I would urge anyone who still holds an unwanted or illegally held firearm to contact us on 101 so that we can arrange for it to be collected and destroyed.”