A number of guns were handed in at North Kent station during Kent Police's firearms surrender campaign.

The initiative which ran between January 21 and February 6 saw a total of 172 firearms handed in and 3,857 rounds of ammunition being handed over to officers.

The campaign allowed people to dispose of unwanted or illegally held firearms or ammunition.

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Some of the more curious items handed over included a deactivated Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle along with a magazine and dummy rounds.

Three Italian starting pistols and a Walther PPK replica pistol with some blank rounds were also surrendered.

On January 22, 12 firearms were handed in at North Kent station and of these three handguns, all revolvers; a Hopkins and Allen, a Webley Second World War service revolver and a Colt revolver, were viable live-firing guns.

The Webley .380 calibre service revolver is believed to have been used in the First World War but may have been used in the Second World War.

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Detective Chief Inspector Patrick Holmes said: "We had an excellent response to this year’s surrender. Many firearms are held innocently with owners unaware of their illegality, or are overlooked heirlooms forgotten in people’s homes.

"The initiative gave residents the chance to hand in unwanted firearms ensuring that they were safely removed off the streets and preventing them from being acquired and distributed by criminal networks.

"Every firearm off the streets is another weapon which has been prevented from being potentially used in criminal activity and potentially another life which has been saved, so I would like to thank all those residents who used the surrender as an opportunity to hand in their unwanted or illegally held firearms and ammunition."

Police said they were unable to give an overall number for the weapons handed in at North Kent during the amnesty.