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More than 60 weapons are handed-in

PUBLISHED: 13:14 08 July 2008 | UPDATED: 20:50 05 July 2010

A SUCCESSFUL weapons amnesty in Lowestoft has been extended after more than 60 knives, air guns and more unusual items were handed in.

Police in the town have now moved the amnesty bin from the north to the south of the town - to give local people a further opportunity to hand in unwanted items with "no questions asked.

A SUCCESSFUL weapons amnesty in Lowestoft has been extended after more than 60 knives, air guns and more unusual items were handed in.

Police in the town have now moved the amnesty bin from the north to the south of the town - to give local people a further opportunity to hand in unwanted items with “no questions asked.”

More than 60 weapons were handed in during a three-week campaign between Monday, June 16 and Friday, July 4, which saw the bright yellow amnesty bin sited at the Triangle market place in Lowestoft High Street.

Now it has been decided to extend the campaign for a further two weeks. The bin has now been moved to a new site at the Belvedere Road car park in Lowestoft and will be there until Friday, July 18.

Any unwanted weapons - knives, air guns or more unusual items - can be deposited in the bin, so if you have items which you may wish to dispose of please make use of this opportunity.

Sgt Steve Wright from the Central Lowestoft Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Violent crime fell in Waveney by more than 20pc last year, however we want to do all we can to maintain this trend.

“The fact that we have already taken more than 60 weapons out of circulation goes some way to making our communities safer. It is amazing what we have had handed in to date - hunting knives, samurai swords and firearms - and we hope that more people will take advantage of the chance to hand in unwanted weapons over the next ten days.”

Waveney Community Safety Partnership, who own the bin, are supporting the initiative which is part of the Nightsafe scheme in the town. The secure bin, which bears the Nightsafe logo, will continue to be regularly emptied throughout the campaign.

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