Wiltshire Police is joining other Forces in Op Aztec, the national firearms surrender from 12 May.

They are appealing for people to hand in unwanted guns with a two-week surrender of firearms and ammunition.

The surrender will run until 29 May 2022.

Police officers are pushing the message that surrendering unwanted, unlicensed and illegal weapons avoids the risk of them becoming involved in criminality and means that members of the community can dispose of firearms in a safe place.

Sergeant Bill Monk from Specialist Operations said: “The fight against gun crime is stronger than ever and we use a variety of tactics to locate weapons that have fallen into the wrong hands – but we need the public’s help.

“We want as many firearms as possible and would encourage people to hand them in at either Chippenham, Melksham, Trowbridge, Salisbury or Swindon Police Stations during the opening hours shown on the Force website.”

Changes to legislation mean it is no longer legal, in some cases, to own specific firearms without a license, if at all.

Wiltshire Police have said it is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that they meet the relevant ownership requirements.

For more information, you can visit: wiltshire.police.uk/