Arms race – a new Olympic sport?
Knives, bullets, body armour, guns and items of jewellery recovered from London’s streets have been melted down to help build London’s 2012 Olympic site in Stratford
Some 52 tonnes of scrap metal has been recovered by Scotland Yard during the last year, some of which will be given a new lease of life as part of the construction of the Olympic site – potentially even within the Populous-designed Olympic Stadium. The move is part of a bid to reduce to the carbon footprint of the 2012 development, backed by the police.
Around 3.3 million spent bullets, weighing 28 tonnes, were also recovered from firing ranges across the capital for the scheme, as well as more organic materials such as cooking oil and horse manure.
Met Police spokeswoman Sarah Foster said: ‘We’re constantly looking for new ways to recycle and new markets for our recyclable materials, to conserve resources, save energy and money. As well as working together to make London safer, our staff and officers are playing their part in making London’s environment greener.’