A JAMES Bond-inspired pistol was among the weapons handed in during a two-week national firearms surrender in Lancashire.

38 firearms were handed in, including a James Bond style Walther PPK pistol and an AK-47.

Other weapons included shotguns, air rifles and 1172 rounds of live ammunition.

The amnesty ran for two weeks between July 20 and August 4, during which weapons were handed over at six police stations – Blackburn, Burnley, Blackpool, Lancaster, Ormskirk and Preston.

Inspector Nigel Barraclough said: "The surrender was a great success and even one less firearm on the streets is one less that could be used by a criminal to harm or threaten our communities.

"Our aim is to keep Lancashire safe which we will continue to do by working with partners and our local communities to prevent and detect crime.

"This nationwide surrender is a very good example of how members of the public can directly help us prevent harm to our local communities by removing the risk of weapons getting into the wrong hands."

Surrendering unwanted, unlicensed weapons avoids the risk of them becoming involved in criminality and means that members of the community can dispose of firearms in a safe place.

Anyone who handed over firearms were told they would not face prosecution for the illegal possession upon surrender and could remain anonymous.

The Walther PPK is a German pistol and was brought to fame after it was issued to James Bond in the Ian Fleming novel, Dr. No.

The gun was the character's primary weapon and was used in the 1962 film, Dr No, to Tomorrow Never Dies in 1997.

Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire's police and crime commissioner said: "It is great that this campaign to remove dangerous firearms from our streets has seen a number of these dangerous weapons handed in to officers.

"Every single firearm handed in is one which will not be able to fall into the wrong hands and the public's support is crucial.

"There are number of reasons that people may find themselves with a firearm they should not have, potentially through inheritance or legally owned guns they have no more use for.

"Tackling violent crime is a key priority for us and this is just part of the work that goes on in the county to make our communities and the people of Lancashire safer."

If you know of people involved with illegal firearms call the police on 101.