Explosive handed in during firearms amnesty

Gun Amnesty. Library picture.
Gun Amnesty. Library picture.

An explosive was among the potentially deadly weapons handed over to police under the firearms amnesty.

The test tube of highly explosive Amatol - used extensively as an explosive in military weapons during the First and Second World Wars - was surrendered at Bedford’s Greyfriars Police Station on Saturday.

A bomb squad was called in and the chemical, made from a mixture of TNT and ammonium nitrate, was destroyed through a controlled explosion on the playing fields of the police headquarters in Kempston.

The weapons handed over so far during the two week amnesty include 29 handguns, shotguns and rifles, along with six air rifles, three flares and 13 lots of assorted ammunition.

The Beds Police firearms amnesty, which is also running nationally and means people can hand in their weapons without fear of prosecution, ends of Friday.

Chief Inspector Gavin Hughes-Rowlands said: “Firearms offences have actually reduced by more than a third across the county over the past five years. But, despite the fact that firearms and imitation weapons are handed into police or seized on a weekly basis, there are still unlawfully held firearms in Bedfordshire.”

Weapons can be handed in to any Beds police station but people are encouraged, where possible, to use Greyfriars or Luton police stations. Colleciton by a specially trained firearms officer can be arranged by calling Beds Police on 101.