Knife amnesty relaunched
13 November 2012
People in Suffolk are being encouraged to continue to bin their
blades, as the county's knife amnesty is relaunched.
Following the success of the initial year-long amnesty, which
saw 6125 knives deposited anonymously in four permanent and two
mobile bins in 2011, four bins have remained outside Ipswich,
Lowestoft, Bury St Edmunds and Mildenhall Police Stations. These
bins are owned by Suffolk's Community Safety Partnerships, who have
kindly allowed them to remain in place and be repainted.
On Monday 12 November 2012, Chief Constable Simon Ash, teenage
anti-knife campaigner Holly Watson and BBC Suffolk presenter Mark
Murphy officially relaunched the bins, which are now all bright
yellow. Holly Watson said: "I'm really pleased with how the bins
look, anyone going to one of the four police stations can't miss
them and I hope they will make people think more about binning
their blades and not carrying a knife in the first place."
Mr Ash said: "It is over two years ago that the idea of a
permanent amnesty was suggested by Mark Murphy, in response to
Holly's campaigning, and I am delighted that it is still going
strong. The number of knives handed in during 2011 was
considerable, and I am pleased that people are still binning their
blades in 2012.
"Whilst there continues to be no significant problem with knife
crime in Suffolk, we still want to raise awareness of the
consequences of carrying a knife. We are now focusing on delivering
this message to young people through a theatre production in the
So far in 2012, 1640 knives have been deposited in the bins. A
number of the knives collected in 2011 have been kept and will be
turned into an award which is being developed.
Bin a Blade currently features in an exhibition at the V&A
Museum of Childhood.
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