Bin a Blade amnesty hits more than 8,000

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More than 8,000 knives have been taken off the streets thanks to a knife amnesty campaign inspired by a Sudbury teenager.

Holly Watson, from First Avenue, has played a vital role in Suffolk’s Bin A Blade campaign, which urges people to dispose of knives and potentially dangerous bladed weapons at police stations.

The 19-year-old got involved in setting up the amnesty after her brother Lewis was stabbed to death following a night out in Sudbury in September, 2009.

She said she was delighted a total of 8,330 knives have been handed in during the campaign, which ran for a year in 2011 and was relaunched in November.

“I am overwhelmed with the number of knives collected,” said Holly. “I really hope people continue to use the bins and think twice about carrying a knife.

“Thank you to everyone who has used the knife bins – every knife will be disposed of and will not go back into circulation.”

Chief Constable Simon Ash, from Suffolk Police, said the bins made people think about the consequences of carrying a knife.

Amnesty bins are located at police stations in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Lowestoft, and Mildenhall.