County 'safer' after more than 300 weapons handed in

Over 300 weapons were handed in at police stations across the county during a  10-week amnesty.

Among the weapons handed in to police were knives, machetes, knuckledusters an imitation firearm and a crossbow.

From October 8 until December 18, secure bins were in place at police stations in Boston, Skegness, Lincoln, Grantham, and Spalding for those that wished to dispose of a weapon or an item that could be used as one.

The amnesty allowed those who took part to dispose of a weapon without any questions being asked.

In total 315 weapons or items that could be used as one, such as an old unwanted kitchen knife, were handed in. Amongst these were various knives, machetes, knuckledusters an imitation firearm and a crossbow.

Two shotguns and an air rifle were also surrendered to us during the amnesty.

Reflecting on its success, Det Chief Insp Amy Whiffen said: "“I would like to thank everyone who took part in our amnesty – those who have handed in weapons or an item that could be used as one have helped to make our county safer.

“We will continue to take every opportunity to reduce the number of weapons in Lincolnshire and educate people about the dangers of choosing to own one, even if there isn’t an intention to use it in any way.”

During the amnesty, 87 at Skegness. station, 102 at Boston station, 54 at South Park in Lincoln, 42 at Grantham station and 30 at Spalding.