Centuries-old pistol handed in during amnesty

This pistol which was handed in is believed to date back to the 1700s
This pistol which was handed in is believed to date back to the 1700s
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Officers dealing with the first firearms amnesty in Rutland for 10 years have been handed a pistol thought to date back to the 18th century.

Leicestershire Police launched the amnesty two weeks ago in an attempt to collect residents’ unwanted and unlicensed weapons.

Oakham police station is among those collecting guns and ammunition. So far three shotguns and 20 rounds of ammunition have been handed in, along with a pistol believed to date back to the 18th century.

The amnesty will continue until Sunday with stations across Leicester and Leicestershire also collecting weapons without prosecuting the owners.

So far Leicestershire Police have been handed 20 shotguns, 11 air weapons, two blank firing pistols, one stun gun and one revolver, as well as 97 bullets, 503 shotgun cartridges and a quantity of air pellets.

Deputy commander of the force’s tactical dogs and firearms unit Sgt Richard Whileman said: “We’re really pleased with the response we’ve had so far, and want to thank those who have come forward and handed in any firearms or ammunition.”

Sgt Whileman added: “After Sunday the legislation will be enforced again, so if someone is found to hold a firearm without a valid licence then they may be liable to prosecution.

“We’re therefore advising people to take this rare opportunity to hand firearms in anonymously.”