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Shock as BB guns and Samurai sword handed in to Lymington police during knife amnesty

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TWO BB guns and a samurai sword were among a haul of weapons surrendered to police in Lymington taking part in a nationwide knife amnesty.

People were urged to “bin a knife… to save a life” as Operation Sceptre saw them invited to dispose of unwanted knives and blades at local recycling centres.

Special knife surrender bins were also placed at police stations and taken into towns and villages by officers as part of the campaign which ran from last Monday to yesterday (Sunday).

The weapons handed in during the knife amnesty (photo: Hampshire police)
The weapons handed in during the knife amnesty (photo: Hampshire police)

A picture showing the contents of the bin from Lymington police station’s front office was shared on Facebook by local Sergeant Katrina Smith.

In addition to the two BB guns, it shows a samurai sword, hunting knives and large kitchen blades.

“I am so pleased to have these off of the street,” Sgt Smith wrote.

“As mentioned, I will keep the surrender bin at the front counter for another week and monitor the amount of knives handed in. If there is a demand for the surrender bin, I will keep it available.

“Thank you if you have made use of the bin. One less knife on the street is one less victim.”

Members of the public took to the comments to share their shock at the haul.

One wrote: “I’m glad they have been handed in but so scary to think kids/adults have been carrying these.

“Great idea. Let’s hope more get handed in.”

Guidance on knife law, banned knives and weapons, and legitimate reasons for carrying a knife can be found online at www.gov.uk/buying-carrying-knives

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