MORE THAN 60 firearms have been handed in to police in Durham as part of a national campaign.

The two week firearms surrender, which ran from November 13 to November 26, gave people across the country the opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted or illegally held firearms and ammunition.

In County Durham and Darlington, more than 60 firearms were handed in over the two weeks, including BB guns, air rifles, replica handguns and antique muzzleloaders, as well as a pump action shotgun and a revolver.

Assistant Chief Constable Dave Orford, who is the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead for firearms licencing, said: “We are extremely grateful to everyone who came forward and surrendered items during this campaign.

“While gun crime is thankfully very low in County Durham and Darlington, taking more than 60 firearms out of circulation can only be a good thing."