A YEAR-long knife amnesty campaign has arrived in Sudbury.
The Bin a Blade initiative will be in town for the next two months, with a mobile amnesty bin set up outside Sudbury Police Station in Acton Lane.
Holly Watson of Sudbury, the inspiration behind the campaign following the murder of her older brother, Lewis, who was stabbed to death in East Street in 2009, was on hand to unveil the bin, along with Det Ch Insp Steve Mattin.
The 18-year-old admitted that siting the bin took on an extra significance in her home town. “I really hope that the people of Sudbury will react to this the same way that other towns have,” said Holly.
“It is such a brilliant thing to have in place and I think it is something that needed to happen. The amount of positive response that I have had shows people do care and do want something done.
“I’m just glad that so many knives have been binned and are out of circulation.”
Insp Paul Crick, of Sudbury Police, praised the former Sudbury Upper School student’s work, which he said complemented the efforts made by officers to make carrying a knife unacceptable.
“If you carry a knife, you could hurt yourself or someone else, and could receive a prison sentence and criminal record,” he said.
“Sadly, a small minority of people still think a knife will protect them, but it will just make you more vulnerable to becoming a victim of crime or committing one yourself.”
As part of the campaign, four secure bins are situated outside Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Lowestoft and Mildenhall police stations, with two mobile bins being placed across Suffolk.
So far, more than 4,700 knives have been collected as a result of the amnesty and these will be taken to a recycling unit where they will be stored and then safely disposed of.
Anyone who has a knife or blade they wish to dispose of safely can deposit it in the bin anonymously during Sudbury Police Station’s opening hours between 9am and 5pm every day.