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Searches at court yield knives haul

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:01 22 October 2010

This is the frightening array of weapons which have been confiscated by security staff at Norwich Crown Court - and highlights the need for the present national knife amnesty which police forces across the region have joined.

This is the frightening array of weapons which have been confiscated by security staff at Norwich Crown Court - and highlights the need for the present national knife amnesty which police forces across the region have joined.

The security team searches everyone who enters the court building, asking people to walk through a metal detector.

It has led to a range of items being seized, from kitchen knives and lock knives to an imitation handgun and flick knife. Security supervisor Rod Ashford said: “The fact they come into a building of this nature carrying these items is a worrying aspect. Though some items were given up voluntarily during the search procedure, the majority were concealed about the person in an attempt to smuggle them into court.”

He said those carrying such weapons faced possible prosecution and he urged people to take advantage of the present amnesty.

So far nearly 900 blades including swords and bayonets have been handed into police across the region as part of the national knife amnesty.

The weapons have been collected at stations across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire as part of the five-week campaign to raise awareness. It runs until June 30 and the public are urged to hand in any illegally held knives or offensive weapons with no questions asked.

Any knife which has a blade longer than 3.5cms and is being carried in a public place is considered illegal.


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