December 9 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Nearly 10,000 knives have been taken off the streets of Suffolk since the Bin a Blade amnesty began in the county.
An initial year-long amnesty saw 6125 knives left anonymously in six amnesty bins in 2011.
Following this success the bins outside Lowestoft, Bury St Edmunds and Mildenhall and Ipswich police stations, were made permanent.
In 2012 a further 2205 blades were deposited and from the start of 2013 to July a further 1594 knives have been collected.
It means a total 9924 knives have been handed in and they have all been shredded at Sackers Recycling in Great Blakenham.
During the campaign temporary bins were also set up across the county, including at Halesworth and Beccles police stations and Kessingland Library.
Suffolk police’s Chief Constable Douglas Paxton said: “This is a campaign that I am excited about getting involved in and helping to continue in its success.
“Although across the county we do not have a high number of knife related crimes, it is important to remember that every blade binned makes Suffolk a safer place.
“I am impressed with the figures so far and urge anyone who carries a knife to deposit it in one of our four bins anonymously.”
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 have continued to educate young people about the dangers of carrying a knife through partnerships with anti-knife campaigner Holly Watson, Crimestoppers, Ipswich Academy and the Wolsey Theatre.
For more information about the campaign and to see its progress to this point visit: www.suffolk.police.uk/safetyadvice/personalsafety/knifecrime/binablade.aspx.