Deadly firearms, including two Second World War machine guns, have been surrendered to police as part of a scheme that lets people hand in guns anonymously.

Some 143 firearms have been handed in to police in London during the first week of the National Gun Surrender.

The Met, in partnership with the City of London, is taking part in the two-week gun surrender which was launched on November 13.

As of Monday, November 20, the following fire arms have been handed in:

- 48 air weapons

- 31 shotguns

- 23 imitation guns

- 11 pistols

- 10 handguns

- Nine revolvers

- Six rifles

- Five automatic guns, including two deactivated Second World War machine guns, and

- 3,859 rounds of ammunition

Detective Superintendent Mike Balcombe, of the Met's Trident and Area Crime Command, said: “We are very pleased with the public response to the first week of the gun surrender. Every firearm handed in to police makes the city safer as it prevents them from falling into the hands of criminals.

“The Met's Trident unit is committed to reducing gun crime in the capital and I would urge anyone else who is in possession of an illegal firearm to visit their local 24-hour police station during the final days of the gun surrender.”

Firearms can be handed in at any of the Met’s 24-hour police stations, or Bishopsgate Police Station in the City of London during the surrender, which ends on Sunday, November 27.

If anyone has any information about someone who they believe is in possession of an illegal gun, they can ring police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.