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MPs appalled as weapons continue to be seized at Bradford courts

MPs appalled as weapons continue to be seized at Bradford courts
MPs appalled as weapons continue to be seized at Bradford courts

MPs appalled as weapons continue to be seized at Bradford courts

MPs across the district have reacted with horror at the high number of knives which are continuing to be seized from people on their way into Bradford's two court buildings.
A total of 126 knives were confiscated from people during security searches over the course of a year, the Telegraph & Argus can reveal.
Keighley MP Kris Hopkins called the figures "an appalling discovery", while Bradford East MP Imran Hussain said it was clear the courts' security gates were proving no deterrent to people carrying knives, and that he would now raise the matter with Justice Secretary Michael Gove.
Last year, the Telegraph & Argus revealed people tried and failed to smuggle more than 170 knives into the Combined Court and the Bradford and Keighley Magistrates' Courts buildings over a 12-month period.
Now new data, released to the T&A under the Freedom of Information Act for 2014/15, shows there is still a high number of knives being seized at the buildings' security gates.
At Bradford Combined Court in Drake Street, which contains Crown and County Courts, guards found six knives with blades larger than 3ins - the legal limit for a knife carried in public - as well as 98 smaller knives while searching people and bags.
They also found 114 tools which were deemed to pose a potential hazard, as well as 88 sharps.
Meanwhile, at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates’ Court and Family Court in The Tyrls, guards found 22 knives, including one with a blade larger than 3ins.
They also seized 16 sharps and 51 tools deemed hazardous.
Mr Hussain, Labour MP for Bradford East, who trained as a barrister, said: “Although it is clear that security at the courts is proving to be effective in preventing weapons and other items from being taken into the buildings, it is evident from the high number of items seized that it is not deterring individuals from bringing such items in the first place, despite it being apparent to any reasonable person that they will be caught.


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