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World War Two Machine Guns Discovered During London Amnesty

A pair of World War Two machine guns were among hundreds of firearms handed in to police during a two-week London gun amnesty.

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A pair of World War Two machine guns were among hundreds of firearms handed into police during a two-week London gun amnesty.

Police were handed a total of 350 firearms, including shotguns, rifles and the two WW2 machine guns, along with 40,000 rounds of ammunition.

The amnesty took part as part of the National Gun Surrender, which took place between November 13th and the 26ths.

It was hailed as one of the most successful gun surrender programmes to be held in London.  

Detective Superintendent Mike Balcombe said:

 "I am delighted wth the response from the public during the two-week gun surrender.

"This has been one of the most successful gun surrenders we've ever had in London and has resulted in hundreds of firearms being taken off the streets.

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"Every gun, even it has been deactivated, has the potential to become a lethal weapon if it falls into the hands of criminals.

"By handing in these firearms, the public have helped to reduce the threat of gun crime."

Commander Jane Gyford from the City of London Police said:

"Here at the City of London Police, we are really pleased with the success of the firearms surrender and the number of weapons which have now been removed from the streets of the Square Mile.

"It is encouraging so many members of the public want to work with the police to reduce gun crime in the capital and help us prevent dangerous weapons falling into the wrong hands.

"Even though the surrender has now finished, we will continue to support those who wish to give up an illegal or unwanted firearm and would urge them to contact police as soon as possible."

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