Knife amnesty close to 5,000 mark

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A YEAR-LONG knife amnesty continues to go from strength to strength as it approaches its final months.

The “Bin A Blade” initiative, which sees mobile bins placed outside various police stations in Suffolk, has seen nearly 5,000 knives handed in since it was launched at the end of last year.

Last month, 282 knives were binned, including 30 blades in the red mobile bin outside Sudbury Police Station in Acton Lane, taking the total to 4,986.

The campaign was inspired by Holly Watson, 18, who set about trying to educate people about the dangers of carrying knives after her brother Lewis, 23, was stabbed to death in East Street, Sudbury, in September, 2009.

Holly, from Rubens Walk, Sudbury, said: “I never imagined that so many knives would be handed in but I’m so glad they have been.

“The more knives that are taken off the streets the better. I’m sure there are more people out there who could be getting rid of their knives and I encourage them to do that.”

A number of other initiatives are planned to run alongside the campaign, including a community TV commercial to raise awareness of the dangers of carrying a knife, which is expected to be ready for release in the coming weeks.

The mobile bin outside Sudbury Police Station will be in place throughout the remainder of the month.