Amnesty reaps its rewards

A KNIFE amnesty campaign orchestrated by a Sudbury teenager has resulted in more than 4,000 knives and bladed weapons being handed in to police.

Holly Watson, an anti-knife crime campaigner from Rubens Walk, helped inspire “Bin A Blade” following the death of her brother Lewis, 23, who died after being stabbed in East Street two years ago.

The scheme, which is being run in partnership with Suffolk Police and BBC Radio Suffolk, sees permanent knife bins positioned outside police stations across the county.

Halfway through the year-long campaign, a total of 4,327 bladed or sharp items have been handed in, including a chainsaw.

Holly, 18, who was last week nominated as a potential Olympic torch bearer for her work, said: “I think it’s amazing how many knives have been handed in.

“It goes to show that when these bins are put in place, they do work.”

The former Sudbury Upper School student said that even people who do not carry a knife but simply have them lying around at home should use the initiative to dispose of them safely.

“Every knife taken out of circulation could be a life saved,” said Holly.

“I think this goes to prove that every police station in the country should have either a static or mobile bin.”

Suffolk chief constable Simon Ash, who has supported the knife amnesty campaign from the beginning, said he was “astonished” at the number of knives handed in.

“I am very pleased that they are still being handed in, making Suffolk safer with every blade binned,” he said.

“Mobile bins will be placed outside more police stations over the coming months to ensure unwanted and illegal knives are taken out of circulation.”