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Gun crime in the form of lethal barrel discharges have fallen.

The Met claim they reduced by 37 per cent between January and April this year  compared to the same period in 2021.

Officers have seized 524 lethal firearms from the streets compared with 480 in the same period for 2020/21 and 408 in 2019/20;

The number of shootings has also gone down from 283 to 196.

Detective Chief Superintendent Nick Blackburn, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “Officers have been working around-the-clock to dismantle organised crime groups and disrupt the transportation of firearms into London.

“The majority of shootings are linked to gang violence and often result in serious injury or loss of life. Attacks can prompt retaliation, so seizing firearms at source and restricting availability is vital in protecting London’s communities.”

The Met is taking part in the national surrender and asking those with firearms and ammunition to hand in their weapons. Those who do so will remain anonymous and will not face prosecution for the illegal possession at the point of surrender.

Any firearm, including handguns, shotguns, rifles, BB guns, imitation, antique, ex-military firearms or ammunition can be surrendered until Sunday,  May 29.

Registered weapons which are no longer wanted can also be handed in, as well as noxious sprays and electric shock devices such as Tasers, CS spray and stun guns.

Information on how to report a suspected firearms discharge, or to provide information to the police on where firearms are being stored or who is in possession of a firearm can be made via 999, by tweeting @MetCC or via our website.

Alternatively, we encourage anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers. They never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or the device you use. Fill in their quick online form or call 0800 555 111. It could save a life.

Weapons should be handed to front counter staff at identified police stations. The main locations are:
Lewisham Police Station, 43 Lewisham High St, ,SE13 5JZ.
Croydon Police Station, 71 Park Lane,  CR9 1BP.
Brixton Police Station, 367 Brixton Road,  SW9 7DD.
Hammersmith Police Station, 226 Shepherds Bush Road, W6 7NX.

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