Amnesty sees 5,000 knives handed in

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MORE than 5,000 knives have been handed in during Suffolk’s Bin a Blade amnesty.

Permanent knife bins have been outside several police stations, including Bury St Edmunds and Mildenhall, since December and two mobile bins have been visiting smaller stations.

So far, 5,389 blades have been deposited with 403 handed in last month.

The mobile bins are making their final move this month with one at Mid Suffolk District Council’s offices, in Needham Market High Street.

John Spitzer, community safety manager at Mid Suffolk District Council, said: “We are pleased to host the Bin A Blade amnesty bin. As a partner in the Mid Suffolk Safer Neighbourhood teams we support all activities that improve the safety and reduce crime for the residents of Mid Suffolk.

“The amnesty bin will allow local residents to safely discard old or unnecessary knifes and bladed objects.”

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, Sackers will tip them all into their metal shredder.

Other initiatives to run alongside the amnesty include a community TV commercial raising awareness of the outcomes of carrying a knife.