CHESHIRE Police have today launched a two-week gun amnesty to give people in possession of illegal firearms the opportunity to hand them in.

The two-week surrender, co-ordinated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS), runs until Sunday, August 4.

People handing the firearms over will not face prosecution for the illegal possession, at the point of surrender, and can remain anonymous.

Illegal possession of a firearm can mean five years behind bars. If found guilty of possession with intent to supply that can lead to a life sentence.

Police are encouraging the public to hand in airsoft weapons or BB guns which can also be used by criminals as a way to intimidate or threaten people.

Throughout the two week surrender the public will be able to hand firearms and ammunition at any of the following helpdesks.

The weapons must be carefully wrapped and packaged before being brought into one of the following:

• Widnes Police Station, Gerrard Street, Widnes open 8am – 8pm Monday to Saturday

• Runcorn Police Station, Halton Lea, Runcorn open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday

• Chester Police Station, Blacon Road, Chester open 8am – 8pm Monday to Saturday

• Northwich Police Station, Chester Way, Northwich open 8am – 8pm Monday to Saturday

• Crewe Police Station, Civic Centre, Crewe open 8am – 8pm Monday to Saturday

• Macclesfield Police Station, Brunswick Street, Macclesfield open 8am – 8pm Monday to Saturday

• Warrington Police Station, Arpley Street, Warrington open 8am – 8pm Monday to Saturday

• Ellesmere Port Police Station, Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port open 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday

The firearms will then be deactivated and safely destroyed.

Inspector David Price said: "Although crimes involving illegal guns remains low in Cheshire we know there will still be people out there who will be in possession of them.

"In the majority of cases we tend to find either those with guns have long-forgotten they have one hidden away in lofts and sheds, while others don't realise the firearm they have need to be legally registered by police.

"I would also encourage people to hand in imitation firearms or air weapons which can look just as real to victims of crime and can be used to intimidate and instil fear.

"It isn't unusual for the public to hand in firearms throughout the year, however the next two weeks is an opportunity to remind people who may have an unwanted weapon that they can remove them anonymously without being prosecuted.

"It goes without saying that if you hand in an illegal or imitation firearm then you will be ensuring they don’t get into the hands of criminals, making your community a safer place."

David Keane, police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, added: "There are a number of reasons people may find themselves in possession of a firearm which they should not have, including inheritance or no longer having a use for it.

"This surrender provides the opportunity for people to hand over firearms to police which will prevent them from being picked up by criminals.

"Thankfully, Cheshire doesn't have a huge problem with gun crime but if a fire arm gets in the wrong hands it can have serious and potentially fatal consequences.

"I'd encourage anyone who thinks they may illegally hold a firearm to do the right thing and hand it over to police."

Those handing them in are advised to check opening times beforehand by visiting

Anyone concerned about illegal guns are urged to contact Cheshire Police by calling 101, emailing

or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.