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Cotswolds/Stroud Police to Launch Cones Amnesty
Police in the Cotswolds and Stroud Division are holding a traffic cone amnesty in the hope of recovering cones lost at police incidents and public events during the last 12 months.
Cones are frequently lent out to individuals and businesses for events such as fairs, house moves and car breakdowns, and, while records are kept, it is inevitable that some cones will go missing.
Cones left at the scene of incidents or road accidents can sometimes blow away into fields or go astray for other reasons - it has been known for them to be taken home by high-spirited revellers as a trophy or as part of a prank.
In a bid to recover missing cones, and save the expense of buying new ones, officers are asking people to return any they may have to their nearest police station during May.
Chief Supt Dean Walker, the new commander of Cotswolds and Stroud Division, said: "There is inevitably going to be some natural wastage where traffic cones are concerned because they do get blown away or damaged.
We do lend cones out as well, and we are very happy to do this, but they are not cheap and we can't keep constantly buying new ones.
"We are not saying that people are dishonestly keeping the cones, many people have probably just forgotten they have them, but we would be grateful if they could either drop them into their local police station or ring us up so we can collect them."
During 2005/2006 Cotswolds and Stroud division was forced to buy more than a hundred new cones for use throughout the area. Each cone is valued at around £5.
Anyone who has traffic cones to return should take them to their nearest Police Station or ring 0845 090 1234 for collection.
The amnesty will run from Monday May 8 to Monday June 5.
: 06/05/2006 17:09:56
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