Kent Policeâ€™s firearms surrender has been hailed as a success after more than 70 weapons were handed in to officers.
The two-week scheme came to an end on Friday 21 November and coincided with an ACPO-led national campaign.
In total, 73 firearms and a quantity of ammunition were handed in by members of the public including 16 shotguns, 21 air rifles and eight handguns.
Ammunition including pellets and shotgun shells were also given in.
In Kent, officers were on hand at all front counter police stations to accept firearms handed in during the scheme whilst those gun owners who were unable to visit were able to call 101 and arrange a time for an officer to come and collect their unwanted weapon.
A breakdown of the weapons handed in is as follows:
–Â Â Â Â Â Â 21 air rifles
–Â Â Â Â Â Â 17 blank firearms
–Â Â Â Â Â Â 16 shotguns
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Eight handguns
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Six air pistols
–Â Â Â Â Â Â Three rifles
–Â Â Â Â Â Â One antique firearm
–Â Â Â Â Â Â One air soft firearm
Kent Police Assistant Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: â€˜The two week surrender has been a great success with more than 70 firearms and a quantity of ammunition handed in to us. These can now be safely disposed of.
â€˜It has been very pleasing to see so many members of the public take advantage of our surrender scheme and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for getting in touch.
â€˜Our focus is to make communities safer and by removing firearms which are no longer wanted, it stops them falling into the wrong hands.â€™