MORE than 130 firearms that were handed in during Leicestershire Police’s firearms amnesty have been melted down and turned into items such as manhole covers.
Police officers transported all firearms and ammunition that were handed in during the two week amnesty to a smelters. Once there, the firearms, which included rifles, pistols and shotguns, were dropped into a machine and melted down at temperatures of 1,500c
Sergeant Richard Whileman said: “It is extremely important that the weapons that were handed in during the amnesty are melted down and turned into something else. We can then be confident that they won’t get into the wrong hands and used in crime. “
The firearms amnesty was held in September last year to give people an opportunity to surrender unlawfully held and unwanted firearms and ammunition.
It is believed that a number of firearms are held by people in innocence and ignorance of their illegality. They could be in the home, but overlooked or forgotten, or someone could have come into possession of one.