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12 Mar, 2008 11:00

Police turn seized weapons into car parts

Authorities in Russia's far eastern city of Vladivostok have come up with a creative way to get rid of firearms seized by the police.

Firstly, the weapons are decommissioned and then broken down with hammers. Then all the scrap metal is brought to a steel plant to be melted before it is used in car and railway parts.

So far, more than a tonne of fire arms and ammunition have undergone this transformation.

According to Russian law, seized weapons have to be destroyed.