Kent Police Firearms Amnesty – Update

Kent Police is reminding the public that replica and imitation firearms are being accepted as part of an ongoing amnesty.

The operation will run until 5pm on Friday 11 November and during this time people who surrender unwanted firearms, ammunition and gas or air powered weapons will not be prosecuted for their illegal possession.

So far 37 items have been handed in, including 12 pistols, three rifles, three shotguns and eight separate surrenders of ammunition.

Although not lethal, imitation firearms can still be used to cause fear, alarm and distress.

Recently a 30-year-old man from London was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police for his suspected role in a robbery at a business in Mount Pleasant Road, Tunbridge Wells, on 9 July 2016.

As part of this investigation, he was also charged with possession of an imitation firearm and appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 24 October. At this hearing he was remanded in custody to appear at Central Criminal Court on Tuesday, 22 November.

Detective Chief Superintendent Rob Fordham, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: ‘So far we’ve had a really positive response to this amnesty and are grateful to the firearm holders who have handed in their items.

‘A significant amount of police time is spent seizing firearms that should not be out there and, with five days remaining, we are therefore keen for members of the public to continue to use this opportunity to hand in any items they have, including replicas.

‘There is never a good reason to carry a replica firearm, they can cause the same amount of fear and alarm on our streets as functioning firearms.

‘I would also invite anyone in possession of antique items to consider using this amnesty as a chance to hand them in.

‘Every firearm handed in to us is one less that criminals can get their hands on.’

During the amnesty, weapons can be surrendered at one of the following stations:

  • Ashford Police Station in Tufton Street, Ashford. TN23 1BT.
  • Canterbury Police Station in Old Dover Road, Canterbury. CT1 3JQ.
  • Dover Police Station in Ladywell, Dover. CT16 1DJ.
  • Folkestone Police Station in Bouverie Road West, Folkestone. CT20 2SG.
  • Maidstone Police Station in Palace Avenue, Maidstone. ME15 6NF.
  • Margate Police Station in Fort Hill, Margate. CT9 1HL.
  • Sittingbourne Police Station in Central Avenue, Sittingbourne. ME10 4NR.
  • Swanley Police Station in London Road, Swanley. BR8 7AJ.
  • Tonbridge Police Station in Pembury Road, Tonbridge. TN9 2HS.
  • Tunbridge Wells Police Station in Crescent Road, Tunbridge Wells. TN1 2LU.

All of the above stations have front counters that are manned from 9am to 5pm. If members of the public wish, the 101 service can be used to arrange the safe collection of any weapon from their home by an officer from Kent Police.

This number can also be used for advice on how to transport weapons safely.

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