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More than 700 knives emptied this year from Town amnesty bin

PUBLISHED: 14:40 27 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:19 01 October 2018

These are just some of the large knives handed to police in Lowestoft as part of an amnesty. Photo: Lowestoft Police

These are just some of the large knives handed to police in Lowestoft as part of an amnesty. Photo: Lowestoft Police

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Another 106 knives have been collected from Lowestoft’s amnesty bin, making a total of 724 this year.

A knife amnesty bin emptied to mark the launch of Operation Sceptre  Picture: RACHEL EDGEA knife amnesty bin emptied to mark the launch of Operation Sceptre Picture: RACHEL EDGE

Another 106 knives have been collected from Lowestoft’s amnesty bin, making a total of 724 this year.

The bin was put into action by Suffolk police as part of Operation Sceptre, a campaign highlighting the risks of carrying a bladed weapon.

It comes as figures from Suffolk Constabulary revealed there were 404 reported incidents involving bladed items between March 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018.

Previous figures for the period from March 1, 2016, to March 1, 2017, showed there were 300 recorded incidents involving knives reported to the police.

Meanwhile, Home Office figures released in April show that knife crime in Norfolk is also on the rise. However, police said it still remains rare.

Lowestoft police have said: “We would like to thank all of those that gave up their knives.

“The amnesty bin will remain outside Lowestoft police station for those who wish to use it.”

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