Mobile knife bins success

MORE than 1,000 knives have been deposited in mobile knife bins across Suffolk as part of an amnesty inspired by an 18-year-old from Sudbury.

The year-long Bin A Blade campaign was launched last December with the help of Holly Watson, from First Avenue.

Holly joined Suffolk Police to start the amnesty after the death of her brother, Lewis, who was stabbed to death in an knife attack in 2009.

During the campaign, which aims to take as many bladed weapons and knives off the county’s streets as possible, two mobile knife bins have been touring police stations and community locations.

In all, 1,083 knives have now been deposited in these bins making a total of 5,866 when combined with the knives handed in to the campaign’s permanent bins.

Simon Ash, chief constable, said he was pleased with the reaction communities had given to the amnesty.

“We wanted to make sure that people across Suffolk had the chance to take part and bin their blades, and I am delighted that so many have been handed in.”

“While crimes and incidents involving knives is a tiny proportion of those Suffolk Constabulary deals with, they are still of concern and can occur anywhere in the county.

The knife amnesty runs until January 1.