A Metropolitan Police firearms amnesty has resulted in 68 weapons and 1,000 rounds of ammunition being handed in over the last four days.
The 'firearms surrender' gives Londoners the chance to hand illegal guns into a local police station without the threat of prosecution and they can do so anonymously. It started at 7am November 10 and ends at 11pm on November 23.
Detective Chief Inspector Gary Bruce, from the Trident Gang Crime Command, said: "We have had a fantastic response from Londoners since the surrender was launched. The initiative provides an opportunity to significantly reduce the number of firearms in circulation on the streets of London. I encourage anyone who may be in possession of unlawfully held or unwanted guns and ammunition to hand them in to your local police station to avoid them getting into the hands of criminals and help reduce gun crime in the capital."
Although those surrendering firearms may not face prosecution for illegal possession during the fortnight, each live weapon will be forensically checked for evidence. A webpage publicising the surrender and featuring a map for users to check the location of their nearest police station has been placed on the Met’s website .
Police say 300 firearms were seized last year as a result of proactive operations and there have been 'significant reductions' in gun crime offences for 2013/14, which was the lowest annual total in six years. The current initiative is the Met’s first 'firearms surrender' for six years.
Anyone with information about gun or gang crime is asked to contact the police or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.