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Rifles, pistols and shotguns melted down to make manhole covers

Police sort through the firearms ready for them to be melted down

Police sort through the firearms ready for them to be melted down

Firearms handed into police during a gun amnesty have been melted down and turned into manhole covers.

More than 130 firearms were surrendered at police stations across the county during Leicestershire Police’s firearms amnesty in September.

They were melted down at a smelters in Melton Mowbray last week.

The firearms, which included rifles, pistols and shotguns, were dropped into a machine and melted down at temperatures of 1,500 degrees celsius.

They will be turned into items such as manhole covers, said police.

Sgt Richard Whileman said: “It is extremely important that the weapons that were handed in during the amnesty are melted down and turned into something else. We can then be confident that they won’t get into the wrong hands and used in crime.”

 

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