Antique pistols among 11 guns surrendered in police amnesty
Several old single-shot pistols among weapons handed in at Islington police station
17 February, 2017 — By Koos Couvée
Some of the weapons surrendered to police
A TOTAL of 11 guns, some of which looked like they came straight from a Wild West movie set, were handed in to Islington Police as part of a firearm surrender scheme last week.
The campaign, part of a drive by the Met to reduce gun crime and remove illegal weapons from the streets of the capital, gave Londoners the opportunity to safely dispose of firearms, imitation weapons or ammunition, by taking them to a police station and handing them in.
Among the guns surrendered at Islington Police station in Tolpuddle Street were three revolvers, several antique single-shot pistols, a BB gun, an air gun, a modern-looking handgun and a box of bullets.
Commenting on the apparent age of some of the weapons, Detective Superintendent Stuart Ryan of Islington Police said: “People often hold firearms for a number of reasons, either because family members had gathered decommissioned weapons while working in the armed forces and have kept them as mementos, or some have bought them without a [firearms] licence and are concerned what to do with them. Then there are some who are holding them for someone or for themselves for criminal reasons.
“The target of the gun amnesty is to get all these different types of firearms that could be used or converted off the street to protect the public. The guns already handed in are older types of guns, normally brought in from Europe.”
David Robinson, victim of a fatal shooting
Those who hand in a gun did not have to give their details to police officers. The weapons will now be forensically analysed by the Met’s Trident Gang Command.
However, if there is evidence the weapon has been used in a crime, the Met will attempt to trace the person who handed it in, Scotland Yard said.
“When they are handed in the firearms are submitted for forensic assessment to see if these have been used in any known firearm incidents,” Det Supt Ryan added.
London has seen a rise in gun crime in the past 12 months. In the past year to January 25, there were 305 incidents, compared to 226 in the previous 12 months.
The latest fatal shooting in Islington was that of David Robinson, 25, from Barnsbury, who was shot at point blank range with a revolver in Archway last August. Detectives have described it as a “cold-blooded” attack. The killer or killers remain at large.
Detective Chief Superintendent Jim Stokley of the Met’s Trident and Area Crime Command said: “Our aim is to remove all illegal firearms from the streets of London and we work relentlessly to disrupt and arrest anyone suspected of being involved in gun crime.
“If you hold on to an illegal gun, you are putting yourself and your loved ones in danger and you are likely to be arrested and face at least five years in jail.”
In the past two years, Met officers have taken more than 1,400 firearms off the capital’s streets, including 230 handed in during gun surrenders in 2014 and 2015.
Those with any information about someone who they believe is in possession of an illegal gun can ring police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.