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90 weapons handed in under Dorset gun amnesty

Dorset Police ran a two-week gun surrender campaign to encourage anyone holding an illegal weapon to hand it in safely.

The initiative was aimed at local people in the community who wished to hand in unwanted firearms and help take guns out of circulation permanently.

A total of 93 firearms were surrendered to stations across Dorset during the campaign, along with a large amount of ammunition.

  • 31 handguns
  • 11 air rifles
  • 27 shot guns
  • 7 air pistols
  • 6 BB guns
  • 4 replica guns
  • 5 rifles
  • 1 humane killer
  • 1 bird scarer

We are extremely pleased at the success of this firearms surrender and would like to thank everyone who took part. The vast majority of these surrendered firearms were not being used in criminal activity. Our aim is to stop guns falling into the wrong hands. Every gun given up is one less that poses a threat or that criminals can potentially get hold of. I would like to remind residents that Dorset is a very safe place to live with very low levels of gun-related crime. Levels of illegally held firearms are low but this surrender was a real opportunity for members of the public to relinquish any weapons that may be outside the law.

– Operational Support Superintendent Nicky Searle


Funeral of Sam Amin at Bath Abbey this morning

The scene outside Bath Abbey this morning Credit: ITV News West Country

Friends and family of Sam Amin have begun arriving at Bath Abbey ahead of the 18 year olds funeral. Sam went missing following a night out in the city on Sept 12. His body was recovered from the River Avon on Sept 16th. People attending the service have been asked to wear bright colours to celebrate Sam's life.

Friends of Sam Amin have begun taking their seats inside Bath Abbey ahead of the 18 year olds funeral. Credit: ITV News West Country
The cortège will be led by a cadet drumming band of which Sam was a member. Credit: ITV News West Country

Bath's student population warned of river dangers

Students are being warned about the dangers of the River Avon Credit: ITV News

Bath's large student population is being warned of the dangers of the city's river following the discovery of a teenager's body in the water this week.

Sam Amin's body was recovered on Tuesday and two thousand students arriving at Bath Spa University this weekend are being given advice on how to enjoy their nights out responsibly.

Chris Ellicott, who is the Registrar at the university says: ""There have been a number of deaths. It's about one a year on average but, of course, one a year is one too many every year, so we do want to remind students that they do need to be safe."


Tributes to teenager found in the River Avon

A scroll of tributes to a teenager whose body was found in the River Avon has been laid out in a church in Bath. Sam Amin was discovered in the river on Tuesday after going missing for three days.

Now more than seventy of his friends have left messages on a 10 metre strip of paper which will be presented to his family. It's been made at the church he attended, St Michael's in Twerton.

Rector Richard Wilson says Sam will always be remembered by his friends and family.

Plans to improve riverside safety in Bath

There have been three deaths in the River Avon this year Credit: ITV West Country

Further plans to improve safety alongside the river Avon in Bath are to be considered by the local council after three deaths this year, and six since 2009.

Yesterday police recovered the body of a young man from the river near Churchill bridge, believed to be that of teenager Sam Amin.

Although some security fencing was put up after earlier deaths, the towpath at that spot is less well protected. Now council leader Paul Crossley says it may have to be closed at night to stop people stumbling into the river by accident - but that would mean erecting higher fences and, presumably, gates, to allow access to boat owners.

The council, along with the Environment Agency, is spending around four hundred thousand pounds on other safety features, including trellis-style handholds on the riverbanks for people to grab hold of if they do fall in. There will also be extra lighting as part of a redesigned lock gate near Pulteney Weir.

Further warnings will also be issued to Bath's large student population about the perils of walking along the towpath at night - particularly when drunk. New student accommodation is being built close to the spot where the latest drowning happened.

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