Over 5,000 blades handed in since start of knife amnesty

OVER 5,000 knives have been handed in so far during Suffolk's Bin a Blade amnesty.

Permanent knife bins are situated outside Ipswich, Mildenhall, Lowestoft and Bury St Edmunds Police Stations, while two mobile bins are visiting smaller stations.

Since the amnesty started in December 2010, 5389 blades have been deposited across the county.

The mobile bins are making their final moves in October with one returning to Leiston Police Station until the end of November, and will be available during opening hours of 9am to 5pm.

The second mobile bin will be at Mid Suffolk District Council's offices until the end of this month.


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All the deposited knives will be taken to Sackers Recycling in Great Blakenham where they will be stored securely. At the end of the amnesty in December 2011, Sackers will tip them all into their metal shredder to be safely disposed of.

A number of other initiatives are planned to run alongside the countywide amnesty, including a community TV commercial raising awareness of the possible outcomes of carrying a knife.

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