More than 8,300 knives and bladed items handed in during Suffolk amnesty
15:55 24 January 2013
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More than 8300 knives and bladed items have been deposited in Suffolk’s knife bins since a Bin a Blade amnesty began.
An initial year-long amnesty saw 6125 knives and bladed items left anonymously in six amnesty bins in 2011, including one outside Lowestoft police station and also a mobile bin which was temporarily set up at Kessingland library and Beccles and Halesworth police stations.
Following the success of the safety scheme bins were then permanently left at Lowestoft and outside Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Mildenhall police stations.
Last year 2012 a further 2205 blades were deposited with a total of 8330 knives now handed in and subsequently shredded at Sackers Recycling in Great Blakenham.
Chief Constable Simon Ash said: “8330 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.”