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Street arms race aids Olympics site

Knives, bullets, body armour, guns and items of jewellery that have been recovered from London’s streets have all been melted down to aid the construction of the capital’s 2012 Olympic site in Stratford.

Some 52 tonnes of scrap metal has been recovered by Scotland Yard during the past financial year, some of which will be given a new lease of life as part of the construction of the Olympic site in a bid to reduce to the carbon footprint of the 2012 development.

Some 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.

The Metropolitan Police’s annual environment report said the force recycled a total of 3,182 tonnes of waste in 2008-9. But it also revealed that much more can be done to cut pollution and waste created by its massive vehicle fleet and travel by employees.

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.”