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Suffolk: Thousands of knives binned following campaign

15:04 24 January 2013

MORE than 8,300 knives have been deposited in Suffolk’s knife bins since a countywide “Bin a Blade” amnesty began.

An initial year-long campaign in 2011 saw 6,125 knives left anonymously in six amnesty bins.

Following this success the static bins, outside Ipswich, Lowestoft, Bury St Edmunds and Mildenhall Police Stations, were made permanent.

In 2012 a further 2,205 blades were deposited, with a total of 8,330 knives handed in and subsequently shredded at Sackers Recycling in Great Blakenham.

In November the bins were relaunched with a fresh new look by teenage anti-knife campaigner Holly Watson, Chief Constable Simon Ash and BBC Suffolk presenter Mark Murphy.

Holly said: “I am overwhelmed with the recent figure of over 8300 knives collected in the ‘Bin a Blade’ knife bins. I really hope people continue to use the bins and think twice about carrying a knife. Thank you to everyone who has used the knife bins, every knife will be disposed of and will not be able to go back into circulation.”

Mr Ash added: “A totoal of 8,330 knives handed in is an amazing number and the bins remain in place for anyone who wants to bin a blade.

“While there is not a significant problem with knife crime in Suffolk, our amnesty is continuing to make people think about the consequences of carrying a knife and offering a way to dispose of them without prejudice.”

A year ago a hard-hitting film was launched on Suffolk Constabulary’s YouTube channel and Bin a Blade currently features in an exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood. In 2013 Suffolk Police are continuing to educate young people about the dangers of carrying a knife through partnerships with Holly Watson, Crimestoppers, Ipswich Academy and the Wolsey Theatre.

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