Weapons seized inside Burnley courthouse

SECURITY RISK: Hundreds of Items were seized from visitors to court in Burnley.
SECURITY RISK: Hundreds of Items were seized from visitors to court in Burnley.

Burnley court visitors have had hundreds of items including illegal weapons and replica firearms confiscated by security staff, shock figures show.

Security officers have seized a total of 447 contraband items including knives, tools and booze from the town’s three courthouses in the past year alone.

Two replica firearms and 24 blades were taken off people visiting court in Burnley since last October, according figures released to the Express under the Freedom of Information Act.

Staff, who operate metal detectors and conduct bag searches, seized a total of 74 tools and sharp objects across the three sites which include Burnley Combined Courts and Burnley and Reedley Magistrates’ courts.

Fifty seven cameras and recording devices, not permitted in court, were also confiscated. Dozens of other items which could be used as a weapon, cause a hazard to others in the building or be used to disrupt the court proceedings were also listed in the figures.

A spokesman for her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service said: “HMCTS takes the issue of security within courts extremely seriously and has a robust security and safety system to protect all court users and the Judiciary.

“This system includes mandatory bag searches, metal detectors and surveillance cameras, as well as court security officers who have legislative powers to protect all those in the court building. 

“The powers of the court security officers include the ability to restrain and remove people from the building should there be a need.

“Our security system is continually monitored to ensure that it is effective and proportionate and mitigates against the risks faced.”