Hertfordshire Constabulary will take part in a national drive to reduce the number of unwanted firearms and ammunition that could potentially fall into criminal hands.

The two-week campaign will see people encouraged to surrender any unlicensed firearms and ammunition to the police.

It is also an opportunity for members of the public to call 101 and find out how they can apply for certification in order to own a firearm legally.

Chief Superintendent Catherine Akehurst, firearms surrender campaign lead for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire police forces, said: “We are pleased to be supporting this important national campaign which is an opportunity to dispose of weapons safely and with peace of mind.

“Any firearm in the wrong hands can have a devastating impact. If you or a family member has an illegal or unwanted firearm please take this opportunity to hand it in to the police.”

Anyone handing over firearms during the campaign will not face prosecution for possession of a weapon at the point of surrender - and can also remain anonymous if preferred.

However, any surrendered weapons found to be linked to criminal activity will be investigated and have appropriate action taken.

Chief Superintendent Matt Nicholls, for Hertfordshire Constabulary, said: “There is very little gun crime in Hertfordshire but as part of a coordinated national campaign to stop weapons falling into criminal hands, we are joining forces across the country to help people dispose of guns safely.

“The amnesty provides an opportunity for people who are in possession of a weapon they should not have or no longer want to dispose of them, without fear of prosecution for possession of a firearm. “

The national firearms surrender campaign is being coordinated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS).

It will run between Saturday 20 July and Sunday 4 August.