LOCAL police are urging people to surrender their unwanted guns and ammunition.

South Yorkshire Police is taking part in the national firearm surrender, appealing to people to hand in their unwanted guns and ammunition in a bid to make the streets of Barnsley safer.

Members of the community will not face prosecution for the illegal possession during the time, however the surrender does not provide immunity from prosecution for the life of the weapon.

If a gun or ammunition is believed to have been used in previous criminal activity, this will be fully investigated.

DI Marie Bulmer said: “When a gun falls into the wrong hands the damage can be devastating and life-long. This is your chance to help make sure there are less weapons on our streets.

“I urge anyone who has a firearm being kept illegally to hand it in to your nearest police station; this can be done anonymously. I also ask anyone who knows of someone else keeping a firearm to report it via 101 or Crimestoppers.

“One weapon off the streets is one less that can be used to harm people in our communities.”

The police advise that anyone travelling to a police station to surrender their firearm do so in a responsible manner, carrying the firearm unloaded and in a bag. If you are having difficulty in taking your firearm to your local station please call 101 for assistance.

You can hand your firearms at Barnsley’s Churchfield police station from until midnight on Sunday August 4.