Hundreds of knives seized by court staff in Portsmouth and Fareham

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HUNDREDS of knives have been seized by court security guards in our area, new figures reveal.

Since January 2009 vigilant security guards have confiscated 126 knives from people entering Portsmouth Crown Court.

In the same period, 131 knives were found on people entering the city’s magistrates’ court and 66 from Fareham Magistrates’ Court.

Her Majesty’s Courts Service provided the figures after a Freedom of Information Act request.

Altogether, 1,894 items have been confiscated from all three courts.

More than 400 people were stopped for bringing in tools to the courtrooms

Alcohol accounted for 233 of the items seized – including 100 seizures at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

People were prevented from taking 724 cameras in and 151 recorders.

A HMCS spokeswoman said: ‘HMCS takes the issue of security within courts extremely seriously and has a rigorous system in place, including mandatory bag searches, bag scanners, metal detectors and surveillance cameras.

‘There are also strict rules prohibiting recording.’