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DETAILS: Two week gun and ammunition surrender in Maidstone

Thursday 12th May 2022

Police are urging people to surrender their firearms as part of a drive to stop guns falling into the wrong hands.

Kent Police is taking part in the operation - a national two-week weapon surrender which runs from Thursday, May 12 to Sunday, May 29.

Firearms and ammunition can be surrendered at a local police station during opening hours.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Dyball said: "Many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality, or are overlooked and forgotten in people’s homes. Some are held legally and are no longer required.

"Others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to harm, threaten, and intimidate their local communities.

"This a good opportunity for those individuals to dispose of them without fear of being prosecuted for illegal possession. In handing over a firearm to us, you are preventing it from getting into the wrong hands and you could be saving someone’s life.

"This is an excellent opportunity to remove potential harm to others and protect your community."

During the surrender the public can hand firearms to the front counter at the following police stations:

  • North Kent
  • Medway
  • Sittingbourne
  • Canterbury
  • Margate
  • Folkestone
  • Maidstone
  • Tonbridge