Kent Police is taking part in a national campaign aimed at encouraging people to surrender unwanted firearms and ammunition.
The two-and-half week surrender runs from Thursday 12 May 2022 until Sunday 29 May 2022 and offers people the opportunity to dispose of unwanted or illegally held guns and ammunition including replica firearms, antique firearms, air weapons, BB guns, imitation firearms, component parts and other ballistic items that are being held.
The surrender is an opportunity to dispose of unwanted, unlicensed weapons in a safe place and avoid the risk of them falling into the wrong hands.
During this period, those surrendering firearms will not face prosecution for illegal possession at the point of surrender and can remain anonymous if they choose to.
Detective Chief Inspector Ian Dyball of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate 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:
Please check the opening times of the station you wish to visit by visiting the Kent Police website before attending www.kent.police.uk/your-area
Individuals wishing to dispose of an unwanted firearms or ammunition who cannot attend the above stations should call 101 to arrange collection.
PSE 59727 Andrew Judd
It will be necessary to close part of Gore Lane, Eastry from 30th May 2022 with estimated completion by 1st June 2022.
Gore Lane, Eastry will be closed in the vicinity of Gore Court, to the extent indicated by signs and barriers on site.
The alternative route is Gore Lane, Woodnesborough Lane, High Street, Mill Lane and vice versa.
The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while works to replace a chamber frame and cover in the carriageway are undertaken by Openreach.
The Kent County Council Highways Helpline phone number is: 03000 418181
For the most up to date information on these works please visit: https://one.network/?
For information regarding this closure please contact Openreach, who will able to assist with the scope of these works.
Kent Fire Rescue Service has a convoy leaving for the Ukraine early next month, along with the equipment and supplies a request has been made for Trauma Teddies for the children/young people.
They are asking if there are any groups within Kent who could knit the teddies in quick time or may even have them to hand and are willing to donate them.
They are happy to collect or have them collected by no later than the 2nd May.
If you do know of any groups or you are able to help, please let me know.
Kent Association of Local Councils
Tel: 01304 820173- Option 5