Knife amnesty campaign is a success

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A TEENAGER who started a campaign to get knives off the streets after her brother was stabbed to death in 2009 is pleased with the number of people that have come forward.

In June last year, Holly Watson, 17, entered a national competition to start an ‘It’s time to put down the knife and say hello to life’ campaign.

She was encouraged by the competition, in which she came second, and six weeks ago three knife amnesty bins were secured outside of police stations in Bury St Edmunds, Lowestoft and Ipswich.

So far, hundreds of knives have been deposited, with 228 in Bury alone.

Holly said: “It just showed that people were listening to my message and wanted to support me so I continued with it and, with the support of the police, it’s got this far.”

She added: “It’s really good to think, if that was one person per knife, that that many people have heard me and listened to my story and have binned their blade. I have always said turning a negative into a positive – if I can save another family from losing a brother or a sister or someone that they love, makes it worth it.”

Starting on Tuesday, two red mobile amnesty bins will be visiting other police stations across Suffolk, including Stowmarket in April and May and Mildenhall in October and November.

For more information about Holly and her campaign go to: www.idontcarryaknife.org