The father and friends of Halton McCollin who was shot dead in Stretford in 2008 are launching the ‘Give up the Gun’ campaign. The campaign is part of Greater Manchester Police (GMP)’s move to encourage a firearms surrender.
Halton, who would have been 30 this November, tragically lost his life when he was shot in the back of his head outside the China Garden takeaway on 19 January 2008. His murderer has never been caught.
Halton’s father, Halton McCollin Snr, and close friends Umer and David are calling on people to surrender their firearms. They hope it will stop anyone else going through the same pain.
From 13th November to 26th November 2017 people can hand in their firearms and ammunition at any police station. They can place them at the enquiry counter anonymously with no questions asked.
The last firearms surrender in Greater Manchester took place in April 2016 and 221 weapons were handed in.
Although firearm crime continues to decrease, the surrender offers people the opportunity to safely surrender illegal firearms. Some of the firearms may be held by people in innocence or ignorance of their illegality.
Detective Chief Superintendent Mary Doyle said: “Halton’s family and friends should be celebrating his 30th birthday but instead they are visiting his grave.
“Too many lives have been torn apart by gun crime and it is no exaggeration to say every weapon retrieved via the surrender has the potential to save a life”.
Beverley Hughes, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, said: “There are still too many gun related incidents occurring across Greater Manchester, with 28 since April.
“The Give Up The Gun campaign will help stop that number from increasing any further”.
Use the hashtag #GiveUpTheGun on social media to join in the conversation.
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