Swords surrendered in weapons amnesty

SWORDS, baseball bats, knuckle dusters and a Kukri were among the 50 weapons surrendered in Ipswich since a weapons amnesty was launched over a week ago.

By Amanda Cresswell

SWORDS, baseball bats, knuckle dusters and a Kukri knife were among the 50 weapons surrendered in Ipswich since a weapons amnesty launched at the start of the month.

Three solid steel knife bins were placed in Civic Drive, Hawthorn Drive and Queen's Way since July 1 giving people the chance to surrender knives or weapons throughout the month.

Inspector Peter Haystead said: "We are very pleased with the response we have received so far.


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"The amnesty gives everyone the opportunity to hand in weapons – every knife taken off our streets could save a life.

"We are not surprised by the number of instruments which have been handed in. This is not the first time we have done this and it is a tried and tested method of removing dangerous weapons from the street.

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"We would like to remind everyone that the weapons bins will remain in the three locations until the end of July giving people the opportunity to take advantage of the amnesty and surrender weapons safely and securely."

Jim Manning, Ipswich borough council community safety officer, said: "Any weapon handed in which is of historic value will be offered to Ipswich Museum for their display."

Recently a man carrying a weapon similar to the ones handed in was sent to prison for 14 days for carrying a lock knife in Ipswich town centre.

People who have information or concerns about people suspected of carrying knifes or weapons illegally should call Inspector Haystead at Ipswich police on 01473 383204, or crimestoppers free on 0800 555111.

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