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Monday, 16 September, 2002, 11:17 GMT 12:17 UK
'Poor' response to weapons amnesty
Guns
Police hope more firearms will be handed in
Police say they are disappointed with the response to a weapons amnesty on Teesside.

At the halfway point of a two-week amnesty, 10 air rifles, one shotgun, 19 air pistols, and a number of knives have been handed in.

But Cleveland Police say they are hoping for more firearms to be handed in.

The amnesty follows the high-profile manslaughter conviction of a Teesside teenager who killed his friend with an air rifle.

Matthew Sheffield
Matthew Sheffield died from an airgun wound

Collecting bins have been set up at police stations where people can leave weapons without being questioned.

Inspector Harry Simpson from Cleveland Police said: "We have had a lot of general weapons handed in like knives and the sort.

"We have also had about 30 air rifles and pistols handed in.

"So while I am not totally disappointed I am hoping we will get a better response from the public in the coming week."

Daryl John Allison was convicted of manslaughter after the 14-year-old shot his friend Matthew Sheffield in the head on 29 April 2001.

The dead boy's parents, of Croft Road, Eaglescliffe in Stockton-on-Tees, have called for tighter controls on the use of air weapons.

Allison will be sentenced at a later date.

Checks are being carried out on weapons handed in during the amnesty to ensure they are safe.


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