Officials in courts in Southend have seized 77 forbidden items in the last two years, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Southend Echo report:

SECURITY guards seized 11 knives from people attending Southend’s courts in one year.

They were among 77 forbidden items taken from people attending Southend Crown and Magistrates’ Court between February 2012 – February 2013.

The haul of knives, which blades smaller than 3 ins, was revealed in figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

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