Holly praised for knife amnesty success

How it started ... Holly Watson, with Chief Inspector Martin Barnes-Smith, at the launch of the Bin a Blade campaign.
How it started ... Holly Watson, with Chief Inspector Martin Barnes-Smith, at the launch of the Bin a Blade campaign.
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A KNIFE amnesty organised with the support of a Sudbury teenager has seen 500 weapons handed in across Suffolk in its first month.

The “Bin a Blade” campaign was started in December by Holly Watson, 17, whose brother Lewis was stabbed to death in the town in 2009.

The scheme involves knife bins being placed outside police stations across the county, with anyone who carries a weapon being encouraged to dispose of it anonymously.

Chief Constable Simon Ash said: “I was quite stunned and I think 500 is a high number.

“Put in context, every one of those knives is a potential tragedy prevented.”

Among the weapons handed in was a nine-inch machete, an ornamental dagger and kitchen, flick and pen knives.

Chf Con Ash praised Holly for her work with the amnesty, which has been carried out in partnership with the police and BBC Radio Suffolk.

“You can have police officers like me saying what a great idea it is, but that message is so much more powerful when it comes from a young person that can speak from experience and has suffered a tragedy,” he said.

The bins have been placed outside police stations in Ipswich, Lowestoft and Bury St Edmunds.