POLICE are underway in their drive to make Cumbria a 'safer place to live' as there weapon surrender continues. 

The firearm amnesty begun as of May 12, running to May 29, meaning Cumbrians could hand over weapons anonymously and not face prosecution for the illegal possession - which could normally carry up to a five year sentence. 

Members of the public can also surrender items that have the potential to be converted, such as antique guns, blank firing replicas and imitations.

It's not only firearms being accepted however, as Cumbria Constabulary have also launched a knife surrender, which is running up to May 22. 

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Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McColl, said: "Being in possession of a weapon means that it is more likely to be used – it is not worth the risk.

"No one wants to be involved in an incident involving a knife or a firearm as it can have a serious effect on people’s lives and, in the worst-case scenario, could be fatal.

"I would urge anyone who has a potentially dangerous weapon in their home to surrender it to your local police station," he said. 

You can hand in firearms to both Carlisle and Penrith HQ stations between 9am and 1pm, as well as Whitehaven and Workington stations in West Cumbria. 

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