Knives amnesty nets 700 blades

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NEARLY 700 knives have been handed in to Bury St Edmunds police station in the first six months of a Bin A Blade campaign.

It is likely that when it is finished, more than 1,000 bladed or sharp instruments will have been given up in year, reducing the threat to lives.

Added to this, nearly 100 have been handed in at Mildenhall police station in the first six months, with the prospect of many more as police move a mobile bin service around Suffolk.

Police announced this week that more than 4,300 knives have been handed in to Suffolk Constabulary at the halfway point of the Bin A Blade amnesty.

In June alone, 498 knives were deposited anonymously in the six fixed bins (including 42 at Bury St Edmunds and two at Mildenhall),

Chief Constable Simon said: “Four thousand three hundred knives is an astonishing number and I am very pleased that they are still being handed in, making Suffolk safer with every blade binned.

“People living and working in ten of our main towns have so far had the opportunity to take part in the amnesty, and mobile bins will be visiting more police stations over coming months to ensure unwanted and illegal knives are taken out of circulation and harm’s way.”

All knives will be shredded at the end of the campaign in December.

The amnesty was inspired by 18-year-old anti-knife crime campaigner Holly Watson, whose brother Lewis was fatally stabbed in Sudbury in September 2009