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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 February 2006, 11:45 GMT
Half-term weapon amnesty launched
A weapons amnesty that coincides with the school half-term holiday has been launched in Leicestershire.

The two-week long amnesty will run from 8 February until 22 February, Leicestershire Police said.

A wide range of weapons - from knives, pen knives, machetes and real and replica firearms, such as BB guns and ammunition - can be handed in.

People can deposit the weapons in collection bins at police stations without fear of police action.

Parents warned

The majority of weapons handed in will be destroyed.

Leicestershire Police said it was also an opportunity for people to hand in knives and guns found in lofts and sheds or garages as it is important these weapons do not fall into the wrong hands.

Chris Eyres, assistant chief constable, said: "Disturbingly, some people tend to think it is fashionable to carry weapons.

"Many of those who confide in the police also say they carry it for their own protection, but hadn't thought about the consequences.

"People are urged to consider this fact and we would urge parents to encourage their children to hand in any weapons that they may have."

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