300 Weapons Taken Off West Yorkshire's Streets

Police have been running a weapons amnesty.

A huge haul of guns and knives have been handed into West Yorkshire Police as part of its latest weapons surrender.

Nearly 300 knives, guns and ammunition were handed in at the county’s police stations during the campaign launched earlier this month at the Royal Armouries in Leeds with the support of gunshot victim Christopher Wright.

Among items handed in were 110 guns, 158 knives and other bladed weapons and 29 lots of ammunition, equating to around 300 rounds.

West Yorkshire Police Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams said: "We are delighted with the response. Two weeks ago these items were in circulation and had the potential to fall into the wrong hands and harm our communities – now they are in our possession and will never be used for criminality.”

This year’s campaign was supported by Leeds father-of-three Christopher Wright. He was left fighting for his life after being gunned down on the doorstep of his Leeds home in April 2010.

He said: “I was very pleased to support the campaign and I am over the moon with the response. Clearly this will remove some of the potential danger and mean that t other families do not have to endure what we have.”

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