Hand in your illegal or unwanted guns during national firearms surrender
People in possession of unwanted guns or ammunition are being encouraged to hand them in as part of a campaign to make Sussex and Surrey safer.
Many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality, or are overlooked and forgotten in people’s homes. Others are acquired and distributed by criminal networks to harm, threaten and intimidate their local communities.
This appeal gives people the chance to dispose of firearms or ammunition by simply handing them in at their local police station – a list of opening times and locations can be found below.
The surrender, which runs from Monday 20 July to Sunday 4 August, forms part of a national campaign by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS).
The aim of the operation, supported by Surrey and Sussex Police, is to reduce the number of illegally held firearms in circulation which could fall into the hands of criminals.
This includes replica firearms, air weapons, BB guns, imitation firearms, antique guns, de-activated guns, component parts, stun guns, Taser, cs/pepper spray and other ballistic items.
We are also encouraging current and previous military personnel to hand in any items kept as war trophies.
Detective Chief Inspector Steve Rayland said: “If you have any guns or ammunition you no longer want, or if you don’t know what to do with them or how to safely dispose of them, we can help. By surrendering your weapons now, it will prevent them falling into the hands of criminals and endangering the public.
To see the full story and the questions and answers please click on the link or see our website.
When and where can I hand in firearms?
Weapons should be handed to police station front counter staff. A list of designated stations in West Sussex.
If someone is unable to travel to a police station they should contact police via 101 and arrange for the firearm to be collected.
Burgess Hill: Mon-Fri 10am-2pm;
Man safely arrested after incident at Goring address
Police safely resolved an incident at a Goring house where a firearm was reported to be present.
Just before midnight on Saturday (6 July) police were called to the address in Maybridge Crescent after a report that a man known to the occupants was breaking in and was in possession of a handgun.
Officers contained the address and helped the occupants, two women and four children, as they came out of the house safely shortly afterwards.
The two women had sustained minor cuts but did not need hospital treatment.
Arrangements were made for several residents from surrounding addresses to be temporarily accommodated at a local police station for their own safety.
The man remained in the house and police established communication and dialogue with him. Although at that stage he would not come out.
However officers remained in patient contact with him and at 3.48am he came to the door, but would not comply with officers' instructions and it was necessary to discharge a taser device in order to help ensure his safe arrest.
He was arrested on suspicion of burglary and after being taken to Worthing Hospital for a medical assessment, is now in police custody for interview and further enquiries. He is being further arrested on suspicion of assault and firearms offences.
The weapon was found to be an imitation handgun and several knives have been recovered from the address.
District Commander for Adur and Worthing, Chief Inspector Miles Ockwell, said: "This was a very serious incident. Our priority was to ensure the safety of those at risk and we managed to do so while also minimising the level of harm to the man involved, who can now be dealt with through the Criminal Justice system.
"We thank people living nearby for their patience and understanding for the disturbance caused while we resolved this incident safely." https://news.sussex.police.uk/news/man-safely-arrested-after-incident-at-goring-address-375262
Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.
Reference: 0178 09/07/2019
Location: Ripley Road Worthing
Date and time: Between 3am and 4am on 9th July
Details: Entry was gained to a property cash and a debit card were stolen.
Burglary Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0463 02/07/2019
Location: Kingston Broadway, Shoreham
Date and time: Between 29th and 30th June
Details: Tools were stolen from a garage.
Reference: 0947 03/07/2019
Location: Wembley Avenue Lancing
Date and time: Between 30th June and 6th July
Details: The lock was cut on a shed to gain access. Fishing equipment was stolen.
Reference: 0188 08/07/2019
Location: Halewick Lane Sompting
Date and time: Between 06th and 7th July
Details: Entry was gained to sheds, it is unknown what has been stolen.
Here is this month’s fraud newsletter. You will have read a lot from us about courier fraud in recent months and we saw an increase in reports of this in June. The good news is that all it takes to prevent this callous crime is to hang up on any phone callers who ask for your personal or financial information, your bank cards or your money, and delete any emails or texts that do likewise. Your bank and the police will never ask for your money, card or PIN.
We’re also helping a national campaign to raise awareness of ‘phishing’, where criminals make contact, generally by unsolicited text, email or call, and attempt to trick us into revealing personal and financial information. That information can then be used to commit fraud and cybercrime. We know that across the country TV Licensing is the brand most frequently ‘spoofed’ by the perpetrators of phishing but we’ve also heard that criminals are now able to make it look as if they are calling from official phone numbers, including HMRC’s. Please take extra precautions to check authenticity if you receive correspondence out of the blue.
Please share this information as widely as you can. Thank you for your support.
If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org Your local teams
Visit our Website to contact your local team, view local news and follow our social media accounts. Simply type your post code in the 'Find a Local Area' box located in the top right of the web page.
Links and attachments: Sussex Police will only ever link you to secure Websites we trust. We will only send you attachments where we believe it is absolutely necessary.
Message sent by
Lindsey Wine (Police, Prevention Support & Engagement Officer, Sussex)