A FIRST World War pistol, a Western-style silver revolver and a double barrel shotgun were amongst firearms handed in to Camberley Police Station during the first two weeks of the Surrey firearms amnesty.

People with firearms, imitations, air weapons and blank firers were invited to surrender them as part of a month long campaign aimed at making the streets safer.

During the amnesty, people are able to hand in illegally held firearms and legally held guns to any Surrey police station front counter staff without being prosecuted for illegal possession. This is part of a national amnesty brought about by the Government, Home Office, the Association of Chief Police Officers and police forces.

The haul at Camberley includes two air pistols and pellets, a Colt .45, two air rifles, a Berretta and ammunition and three handguns. In addition members of the public have brought in a whole range of knives to be destroyed.

Chief Inspector Matthew Goodridge of North West Surrey Police said: "We are delighted with the response so far to the amnesty. By taking these weapons out of circulation we can ensure that the streets of Surrey Heath remain safe for everyone. The amnesty continues until the end of April so there is still time to bring in firearms and knives into Camberley police station.

"Special knife amnesty bins are situated at the front counter where members of the public can deposit knives and bladed articles safely. Illegally held firearms and guns can also be handed in to front counter staff with no questions asked."