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'Pressure on' for Bristol gun criminals

Four firearms have been anonymously handed in to Bristol police in one day as part of an operation to cut gun crime in the city.

The weapons, three handguns and a shotgun, were handed in anonymously to police at Trinity Road station.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said criminals were handing over the guns as "they know the pressure's on".

The operation, piloted in the city, will be rolled out across the force if it continues to be effective.

This initiative is clearly starting to be felt within the criminal fraternity
Ch Insp Paul Mogg

Ch Insp Paul Mogg, who is running the operation, said although Bristol was a safe city, any urban area attracted a small amount of criminals with firearms.

"Taking one firearm from the street removes the potential for it to be involved in crime.

"To receive three handguns and a shotgun is a significant haul.

"This initiative is clearly starting to be felt within the criminal fraternity."

Operation Busking began in the city in November.



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