Woodbridge weapon amnesty

GUNS, knives and other weapons can be disposed of in Woodbridge from today with no questions asked.Residents will be able to drop the weapons in a specially-designed steel bin in the Deben Pool car park, 24 hours a day, safe in the knowledge they will not be quizzed about why they have them.

GUNS, knives and other weapons can be disposed of in Woodbridge from today with no questions asked.

Residents will be able to drop the weapons in a specially-designed steel bin in the Deben Pool car park, 24 hours a day, safe in the knowledge they will not be quizzed about why they have them.

Woodbridge sector commander Ben Cook teamed up with town mayor Russell Geen to launch the project this morning.

The bin, which has been arranged via the Suffolk Coastal Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP), gives all residents the opportunity to dispose of items safely, taking unwanted weapons out of circulation to reduce the chance of them being used for criminal purposes.

Insp Cook said: "We want to encourage as many people as possible to make use of this bin while it is in Woodbridge. The bin will initially be in place for two weeks and we would urge anyone with unwanted knives, or other weapons to take this opportunity to get rid of them anonymously.

"Every item counts as it all contributes to making our communities safer."

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The bin is part of the ongoing Operation Nightsafe campaign, which aims to tackle violence in public places and anti-social behaviour through a variety of initiatives.

Recent amnesties elsewhere in the east of the county have already seen hundreds of items handed in, from kitchen knives and ceremonial daggers to deactivated handguns, ammunition and flares.

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