‘Give up the gun’ – police launch firearms surrender
Monday 13th November 2017 @ 00:05 by Adam Higgins
Greater Manchester News Tameside

Greater Manchester Police are urging people to ‘give up the gun’ as the force launches a firearms surrender today (Monday).

Over the next two weeks (from November 13 to 26), people can hand in their firearms and ammunition at any police station enquiry counter anonymously with no questions asked.

During the last firearms surrender in Greater Manchester, in April 2016, some 221 weapons were handed in.

Although firearm crime continues to decrease, the surrender offers people the opportunity to safely surrender illegal firearms, a number of which may be held by people in innocence or ignorance of their illegality.

It comes as the father and friends of Halton McCollin, who was shot dead in Stretford in 2008 and would have turned 30 yesterday (Sunday), while his murderer has never been caught.

Halton’s father, Halton McCollin Sr, and close friends Umer and David are calling on people to surrender their firearms in the hope it will stop anyone else going through the same pain.

Detective Chief Superintendent Mary Doyle said: “Halton’s family and friends should be celebrating his 30th birthday but instead they are visiting his grave and left wondering what kind of man he might have turned out to be.

“Too many lives have been torn apart by gun crime and it is no exaggeration to say every weapon retrieved via the surrender has the potential to save a life.

“The surrender offers you an opportunity to dispose of your weapon safely and discreetly whether it is a gun that has been handed down through the family or a firearm in your loft collecting dust.

“You won’t have to give your name or address, we just want more guns out of harm’s way. Please do the right thing for the sake of all the families that have had their lives destroyed by firearms.”

Following the closure of the counter at Hyde police station, the only remaining enquiry counter in Tameside is at Ashton Police Station on Manchester Road. It is open from 8am to 8pm on weekdays and from 10am to 6pm at weekends.

For more information on the surrender, you can visit www.gmp.police.uk/giveupthegun and use the hashtag #GiveUpTheGun on social media to join in the conversation.

 

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Weapons: Police across the North West received over 800 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition during the previous ‘Give Up The Gun’ firearms surrender last year