Weapons haul

A MACHINE gun and a machete were among items handed in during a Woodbridge weapons amnesty which finished today.Launched on July 12 and originally scheduled as a two-week amnesty, the period was extended because of the volume of weapons being surrendered.

THIS fearsome looking Second World War automatic rifle was among a cache of weapons handed in during an amnesty in Woodbridge which finished today.

Launched on July 12 and originally scheduled as a two-week amnesty, the period was extended because of the volume of weapons being surrendered.

Throughout the amnesty 39 knives and daggers, five shotguns, two rifles, three handguns and two swords were handed in as well as a machine gun and machete.

As reported in later editions of yesterday's Evening Star, Inspector Ben Cook, Woodbridge sector commander, said: "Well over 50 items have been put in the bin during the past four weeks, including a large quantity of knives, a number of guns and several air weapons.


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"We are pleased people have taken this opportunity to get rid of what could, in the wrong hands, be some very dangerous weapons.

"Officers have been emptying the bin on a daily basis and, as people continued to use it, we decided to keep it for a little longer.

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"The total has exceeded my expectations and I would like to thank everyone who has made use of the bin."

The bin was situated in Deben Pool car park and was unveiled by mayor of Woodbridge Russell Green.

The amnesty was part of ongoing Operation Nightsafe a campaign which aims to tackle public place violence and anti-social behaviour.

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