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PSNI refuse to confirm fruit weapon arrests

The PSNI have refused to say if anyone has been arrested for brandishing fruit, vegetables, children’s toys, false limbs or newspapers because it would cost too much to find the information.

The police said the cost of complying with the Freedom of Information request on the unusual topic would exceed the “appropriate costs limit”.

The request was for information on the strangest ‘weapon’ for which someone was arrested for brandishing in 2011.

In their FOI request, someone asked: “By ‘strangest’ weapon, I mean things people wouldn’t normally consider weapons, such as: fruits, vegetables and other foodstuffs, children’s toys, false limbs, trees (or parts of), cushions (or other soft furnishings), bikes, books, magazines, newspapers and other paper items.”

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