More than a thousand knives deposited as part of Suffolk campaign

More than a thousand knives have been deposited in Suffolk's mobile knife amnesty bins during the year-long 'Bin a Blade' campaign.

Two mobile bins have been touring smaller police stations and community locations since February 2011, whilst four permanent bins have been situated outside Ipswich, Lowestoft and Bury St Edmunds Police Stations since December 2010 and Mildenhall Police Station since April 2011.

The west mobile bin completed its tour in October. The final total for the east mobile bin, which has been at Leiston Police Station during October and November, was 674, bringing the final total for both mobile bins to 1083.

Over the past 10 months the mobile bins visited nine police stations including Halesworth and Beccles, as well as Kessingland Library.

Chief constable Simon Ash said: 'We wanted to make sure that people across Suffolk had the chance to take part and bin their blades, and I am delighted that so many have been handed in. Whilst the number of crimes and incidents involving knives is a tiny proportion of those Suffolk Constabulary deal with, they are still of concern and can occur anywhere in the county, so these mobile bins have been a great way for people to take part and join with us to make the county even safer.'

In November a total of 240 knives were handed in across all bins, taking the current grand total to 5866.

The amnesty continues until January 1 next year, and deposited knives will then be shredded at Sackers Recycling in Great Blakenham.

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'Bin a Blade' is supported by BBC Radio Suffolk.

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