Anti-knife campaign gets results

Encouraged ... Holly Watson with SNT Insepctor Jane Hertzog.
Encouraged ... Holly Watson with SNT Insepctor Jane Hertzog.

NEARLY 1,000 knives have been safely handed in to police as part of a Suffolk-wide knife amnesty.

The Bin a Blade campaign, jointly organised by 17-year-old Sudbury Upper School student Holly Watson, has been running for seven weeks.

Anyone with a knife or blade can dispose of it safely and anonymously in secure bins outside police stations in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Lowestoft.

On Thursday, the three bins where emptied for the first time – with 977 knives recovered.

Anti-knife campaigner Holly, whose brother died after being stabbed in Sudbury, said: “I think it’s brilliant that so many items have already be handed in.

“I hope it continues and encourages others to bin a blade.”

In addition to the three static bins, the year-long knife amnesty will also see mobile units positioned outside other police stations across the county in the coming months.