More than 25 guns were placed in the Brighton amnesty bin in a month


MORE than 25 guns were placed in an amnesty box at a police station in a single month.

Amnesty bins are designed to encourage the public to turn in knives, blades and other harmful weapons anonymously.

A total of 22 knives have been surrendered at Brighton Police Station on John Street so far this month.

Another four implements and one other offensive weapon have also been received.

All weapons are then disposed of safely.

Brighton and Hove Police said all guns could be thrown into the amnesty bin in the police station reception area without question.

“Any gun that is taken off the street can only be a positive thing and that is exactly why the amnesty container at John Street Police Station is there,” a police spokesman said.

“Thank you to those who chose to use it and please remember it is there when it is needed.”

In November last year, nearly 500 guns were seized in Sussex during a week of action to combat knife crime.

Numerous arrests were made, including a teenager in possession of a catapult.

The special week of action, titled Operation Sceptre, was part of a national awareness and enforcement campaign aimed at combating knife crime and serious violence.

Police seized 496 guns in Sussex alone.

A total of 195 station searches were carried out and 41 arrests made.

Arrests have been made in Brighton and Hove for offenses including possession of an assault weapon, dealing in Class A drugs, robbery, theft of vehicles and death threats.

More than 3,600 people passed through the metal detection ‘knife arches’ at Brighton Station in a joint operation with the British Transport Police and the Govia Thameslink Railway.

Four knives were then secured at the station. More than 25 guns were placed in the Brighton amnesty bin in a month

Fry Electronics Team

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