This statement follows the launch of Essex Police's firearms amnesty yesterday (Thursday 29 November).
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: "We are committed to working with Essex Police to help prevent crime and keeping weapons off our streets is an important part of that.
"It's shocking to hear that thugs are increasingly using realistic-looking airsoft weapons or BB guns to intimidate and threaten people, and commit crime.
"We are in complete support of Essex Police’s firearms amnesty and the efforts being made to prevent imitation weapons falling into criminal hands.
"I would urge any residents who have airsoft or imitation guns that are unneeded or weapons that fall outside of the law to take full advantage of this amnesty. I would encourage friends and family members who know of people who have these weapons to use their influence to increase the take up of this amnesty.”