PEOPLE are being urged to hand in their guns during a two week amnesty.

Until November 26 firearms and ammunition can be handed in at any police station enquiry counter anonymously, with no questions asked.

The last surrender in Greater Manchester was in April 216 and 221 weapons were handed in.

Detective Chief Superintendent, Mary Doyle, said: "Too many lives have been torn apart by gun crime and it is no exaggeration to say every weapon retrieved via the surrender has the potential to save a life.

“The surrender offers you an opportunity to dispose of your weapon safely and discreetly whether it is a gun that has been handed down through the family or a firearm in your loft collecting dust.

“You won’t have to give your name or address, we just want more guns out of harm’s way. Please do the right thing for the sake of all the families that have had their lives destroyed by firearms.”

The campaign is being backed by Halton McCollin Snr, whose son, also called Halton, was killed outside a takeaway in Stretford in 2008.

He has urged people to hand in their weapons to try and prevent people going through the same suffering his family has.

Halton McCollin Jnr was just 20 when he was killed in what is believed to have been a case of mistaken identity.

His killers have never been brought to justice.

Beverley Hughes, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, said: “There are still too many gun related incidents occurring across Greater Manchester, with 28 since April. The Give Up The Gun campaign will help stop that number from increasing any further, offering a safe place for guns to be handed in, no questions asked.

“Last year’s campaign was hugely successful, with 221 guns taken off the streets, but I want to do even better this year and urge anybody with a gun to do your part and hand it in to a station – it may help save a life.”

For more information on the surrender, or to find opening hours of police station enquiry counters, please visit

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