Published On: Wed, Dec 3rd, 2014 on 2:56 pm

Samurai swords, axes and shotguns handed over to West Yorkshire Police

West Yorkshire Police Weapons SurrenderHundreds of weapons have been handed over to West Yorkshire Police during a 10-day weapons surrender.

Pistols, shotguns, air rifles, samurai swords, axes and knives were among the many weapons taken to police stations across the county.

The 10-day weapons surrender, supported by the Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife campaign, began on 19 November.

It followed a recent change in the law which made it illegal for certain people to hold antique weapons and was one of a number organised this year by police forces across the country.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Battle, said: “Gun and knife crime is thankfully very low in West Yorkshire and by taking all of these weapons away we have made it even more difficult for criminals to get hold of them.

“Every single item handed in is a victory for law abiding citizens as these are weapons that cannot now get into the hands of people who mean others harm. I am delighted with the response we had and it was better than we had even hoped for.”

Those who did surrender firearms, ammunition knives and other offensive weapons during the weapons surrender did not face prosecution.

Any important and rare weapons were saved from destruction, with the help of the Royal Armouries, home to the national collection of arms and armour.

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