Facing a 10% increase in knife-related crime UK authorities are seeking help from an unlikely source – amateur metal detectorists. Unlike in the case of the ridiculous knife turn-in bins which collect knives from law-abiding citizens, the knives these volunteers help uncover just maybe in fact have belonged to criminals.
From Swindon Advertiser:
POLICE officers flooded the parks of Swindon in an effort to take dangerous knives off the streets yesterday.
As well as a kitchen knife, officers recovered a stash of dirty drugs needles with the assistance of hobbyist metal detectorists.
Amateur detectorists from as far afield as Liverpool joined police officers as they swept seven parks and grassed areas across south Swindon.
They were looking for knives stashed by warring youths.
Sergeant David Tippetts, who led the operation, said: “We know for sure that weapons are being stashed. If you stash it, you don’t have it in your possession if you’re stopped by police.
Thank you Sergeant Obvious for your truly insightful comments. “If they don’t have it, they put it somewhere”.
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