MORE than 200 guns have been handed in during a two-week long firearm surrender in Greater Manchester.

The surrender included real guns, replicas and plastic imitation guns.

Among the deactivated guns handed over were an AK47, an Uzi sub-machine gun and a Bren Second World War machine gun.

Superintendent Danny Inglis said: “The firearms surrender was a great success and any gun that gets handed in is one less on the street for criminals to get their hands on. I'm really pleased with that response.

"The aim of the campaign has been to get weapons that now can't fall into the wrong hands. Some will have been held by people that had an interest in guns or they like collecting antiques. But if they fall into the wrong hands, for instance if someone is burgled, criminals could end up with those weapons.

"You'll see from some of these they look very real. They're very large and intimidating weapons. If you got one of these pointed at you, you wouldn't know it was a replica or a real firearm.

“Guns have no place in Greater Manchester and we will continue to work hard to ensure the streets of Manchester remain a safe place to be.”

“The success of the surrender is as a result of continued efforts from GMP, and our partners working together to safeguard, intervene and educate at the earliest opportunity.

The two-week national firearm surrender took place between Sunday 21 July and Sunday 4 August and gave people the opportunity to surrender their guns anonymously.