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'Lethal' weapon!

Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019 4:41pm

A dangerous homemade weapon incorporating rusty nails and a knife was found during a recent clean up in Cork city.

An electric carving knife and two nails were taped up together to make the weapon, which was found just off Kerry Road in Mayfield.

A volunteer with Mayfield and St Lukes Tidy Towns made the discovery underneath some beers cans during one of their routine clean ups at the weekend.

This came to light at a community safety forum for Mayfield, The Glen and Ballyvolane on Monday.

Fine Gael Cllr Joe Kavanagh is a member of the committee and was on site when the weapon was found.

He told the Cork Independent that the weapon "was lethal looking" and handed it into Mayfield Garda Station, who are now investigating the discovery.

Cllr Kavanagh added: "It looked very dangerous. Someone could have done serious damage with it, if it got into the wrong hands. It wasn't there just to prune a garden.

“It really shouldn’t have been left that like where someone could pick it up and hurt someone else. If a small child had picked it up, they could have injured themselves or someone else very badly.”

The volunteer group has 10-12 people on it and while this is the first weapon they have come across, other odd items have come their way. 

This included new reading glasses still in their case on two different occasions and a new wok in its packaging. 

Cllr Kavanagh said that it is mostly bottles, nappies and papers that they pick up during their clean ups and that bus stops are the most littered areas.

For more information, visit Mayfield and St Lukes Tidy Town on Facebook.

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