VIDEO: Hundreds of guns and knives surrendered across West Yorkshire

Hundreds of guns and knives have been handed into West Yorkshire Police as part of its latest weapons surrender campaign.

Monday, 1st February 2016, 5:05 pm
Updated Monday, 1st February 2016, 5:09 pm

More than 150 bladed weapons and 80 guns were surrendered to officers across the region.

Among the haul was two AK47 rifles, which were handed into police teams in Bradford and Kirklees.

Temporary assistant chief constable Angela Williams, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “We are delighted with the response. Some of these weapons are very dangerous. Now they will not find their way on to the streets of our communities.

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“They will not be used for criminal activity or to hurt or at worse kill someone. While we continue to maintain a low number of recorded crimes involving guns, knives and other weapons, we take it extremely seriously which is why initiatives like this are held.

“Weapons surrenders like this are very important and even though we have had these handed in we cannot afford to be and will not be complacent. Over the weekend, for example, we had a firearms discharge in Huddersfield which is currently being investigated.”

The campaign has been supported by Vincent Uzomah, who was working as a teacher at Dixons Kings Academy in Bradford in June last year when he was stabbed by a teenage boy.

He said: “The response has been very impressive. Well done to those who responded to this noble call, and surrendered their weapons.”

West Yorkshire police and crime commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson said: “I have fully supported this weapons surrender and am pleased we have had so many weapons handed in.

“This surrender has given individuals a perfect opportunity to ensure the weapons are disposed of safely and ensures we are doing all we can to keep our communities safe and preventing potential crimes of the future.”

The campaign encourages members of the public to hand in any weapons.

It aims to avoid weapons getting into the wrong hands and provide members of the community with a safe place to dispose of firearms, ammunition, knives and other weapons they have.

Weapons surrendered across the region include:

Bradford: 33 firearms and 26 bladed weapons

Calderdale: Three firearms and 25 bladed weapons

Kirklees: 12 firearms and 22 bladed weapons

Leeds: 29 firearms and 82 bladed weapons

Wakefield: Four firearms