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Thames Valley Police Taking Part In National Firearms Surrender


Thames Valley Police is appealing to the public to hand in any unwanted, unlicensed or illegal guns during a national surrender of firearms and ammunition.


The surrender, which starts on Thursday 12th May and will run until Sunday 29th May, is coordinated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) and supported by police forces.


During this period, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for illegally possessing them at the point of surrender and can remain anonymous.


Many firearms are held in ignorance of their illegality or are overlooked and forgotten in people’s homes. Some firearms are held legally and are no longer required. Other firearms are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to harm, threaten and intimidate their local communities.


The national surrender gives people the chance to hand in firearms and ammunition by simply taking them to a local police station.


Guns and ammunition can be surrendered at a front counter at designated police stations across the Thames Valley, anyone handing in a firearm or ammunition is advised to only visit the police stations listed.


Abingdon Police Station

Colwell Drive

Abingdon

Oxfordshire

OX14 1AU

Opening times – 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday


Aylesbury Police Station

Wendover Road,

Aylesbury,

Buckinghamshire

HP21 7LA

Opening times – 8am to 8pm 7 days a week


Banbury Police Station

Warwick Road,

Banbury,

Oxfordshire

OX16 2AE

Opening times – 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday


High Wycombe Police Station

Queen Victoria Road

High Wycombe

Buckinghamshire

HP11 1BE

Opening times – 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday


Loddon Valley Police Station

Rushey Way,

Lower Earley,

Berkshire

RG6 4PS

Opening times – 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday


Maidenhead Police Station

Bridge Road,

Maidenhead,

Berkshire

SL6 8LP

Opening times – 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday


Milton Keynes Police Station

302 North Row,

Witan Gate East,

Milton Keynes

MK9 2DS

Opening times – 8am to 8pm 7 days a week


Newbury Police Station

Mill Lane,

Newbury,

Berkshire

RG14 5QU

Opening times – 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday


Oxford Police Station

St Aldates,

Oxford,

Oxfordshire

OX1 1SZ

Opening times – 8am to 8pm 7 days a week


Reading Police Station

Castle Street

Reading

Berkshire

RG1 7TH

Opening times – 8am to 8pm 7 days a week


Slough Police Station

Windsor Road,

Slough,

Berkshire

SL1 2HH

Opening times – 8am to 8pm 7 days a week


If individuals are unable to travel to a police station, or have concerns about transporting a firearm to a police front counter then they should contact police via 101 and arrange for the firearm to be collected.


Head of Firearms at Thames Valley Police, Superintendent Gavin Wong said: “The fight against gun crime is stronger than ever and we are working with partners and our local communities to safeguard, educate and intervene at the earliest opportunity.“


“If you know of people involved in illegal firearms call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”


Firearms surrenders allow law enforcement to examine the history and use of a firearm prior to its surrender. Any possession or use of the gun prior to its surrender may therefore legitimately be considered for investigation or prosecution.

Message Sent By Alex Gloster (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

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