Lowestoft knife amnesty sees sword and cutlasses handed in

A samurai sword, two cutlasses and three machetes are part of the latest haul collected at Lowestoft police station during a year long knife amnesty.

They were among 104 knives and other bladed items left in the yellow Bin a Blade amnesty bin outside the station during April.

People from Lowestoft and surrounding areas have been able to dump unwanted knives in the bin outside the police station since December as part of the year-long campaign.

The swords, cutlasses, machetes and knives will be taken to Sackers Recycling at Great Blakenham, near Ipswich, where they will be tipped into a metal shredder.

Insp Sarsfield Donohue said: 'I am pleased that members of the public have done the right thing and put these blades in the Lowestoft bin as it only takes one to be carried for a tragedy to happen.'

As part of the Bin a Blade campaign, amnesty bins have also been situated outside police stations in Mildenhall, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich.

In total, 701 knives and other weapons were left in the bins across the county during April and since the campaign started in December, 2944 bladed or sharp-pointed items have been taken off the streets.

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