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More than 280 knives emptied from ‘amnesty bin’ in Lowestoft

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

Lowestoft police said 285 bladed objects were found in the station’s amnesty bin when officers emptied it last Friday.

They include a machete and what appears to be a hunting knife.

Lowestoft Police said on Twitter: “We emptied out the Lowestoft Police Station knife amnesty bin on Friday and there were a total of 285 knives in it, here’s a few of them, there have been a total of 618 knives put in the amnesty bin this year.”

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.

Norfolk Constabulary recorded 269 crimes in which knives were used between October 2016 and September 2017, an increase of 186pc on the same period in 2012-13.

Police in Norwich this week said they were working to tackle a rise in the number of young people carrying knives in the city.

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