CLACTON councillor Graham Caines has called for a weapons amnesty following the latest violent incidents in the town.

One man was stabbed twice in the leg in Cambridge Road on Monday, while another man is in a serious condition after being stabbed in Skelmersdale Road on Tuesday.

The Cambridge Road stabbing on Monday happened within his ward, and Mr Caines says something needs to be done.

He said: “The fact is there are less police officers than ever on our streets and it seems like the number of attacks is always going up.

“I just can’t understand how the Government can justify cutting the funding for something as important as this.

“I work with the police a lot and they do a fantastic job. They do so much for the residents but their hands are tied because their manpower has been cut to the bare bones.”

“Perhaps it is time we had a knife amnesty to bring the situation to the forefront of everyone’s minds again.

“We need to show people that carrying a weapon is mindless and dangerous, and can so easily lead to a fatality."