Guns, knives and swords handed in during weapons West Yorkshire Police amnesty

Some of the weapons that have been handed in so far
Some of the weapons that have been handed in so far
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Dozens of guns, knives and swords have been handed in to police after a Leeds school teacher who was stabbed by a pupil helped launch a weapons amnesty.

Vincent Uzomah, 51, last week appealed to the public to give up dangerous items during West Yorkshire Police’s ten-day weapons surrender initiative.

Mr Uzomah, from Moortown, was stabbed in the stomach by a teenage boy during a science lesson at Dixons Kings Academy in Bradford in June last year.

More than 60 weapons, including rifles and Samurai swords have been handed in at police stations across the academy in the first half of the campaign, which runs until Saturday.

Anyone who follows suit has been promised they will not face prosecution.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams of West Yorkshire Police, said: “I am very pleased that we have had 60 weapons surrendered. These are weapons that can now never be used for illegal means.”

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson added: “I would take this opportunity to urge people to take advantage of this surrender to hand in weapons they have that may be illegal and dangerous in the wrong hands as they still have five days to do so.

“This surrender gives individuals a perfect opportunity to ensure the weapons are disposed of safely and ensures we are doing all we can to keep our communities safe and preventing potential crimes of the future.”

In Leeds, weapons can be handed in at Elland Road and Weetwood police stations.

Anyone with information about the illegal possession or use of firearms should contact West Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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