WEAPON AMNESTY: West Midlands Police provide three new surrender bins for weapons
West Midlands Police provide three new surrender bins for weapons.
The West Midlands has two new weapon surrender bins for people to dispose of knives, blades and sharp objects and a third will be installed within weeks. The two already in operation are at Belchers Lane in Bordesley Green and outside the Cornbow Shopping Centre in Halesowen. The third bin will be installed in Coventry by the end of the month, once a location has been chosen which will have the greatest impact on knife crime.
It’s part of a concerted effort by David Jamieson the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner to tackle violence. The bins offer people a place to safely and securely dispose of weapons.
He said, “These bins are just one measure we are taking to get knives off our streets. The bins are providing people with a legal and safe way to dispose of knives which they shouldn’t be carrying. Every knife posted into a surrender bin is potentially a life saved.
“These bins prove most effective when the community wants them and the message I have been receiving loud and clear is that more are needed. Knives can ruin the lives of individuals, families and entire communities. If you have a knife or any weapon, or know somebody who does, I strongly recommend you dispose of it in one of these bins.”
Cllr John Cotton, Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Community Safety and Equalities, for Birmingham City Council, said: “Stopping knife crime on our streets is a vital priority for us all, so I welcome the introduction of more knife bins, which I hope will encourage individuals to surrender any blades or knives – and help save lives by doing so.
“Everyone has a part to play in tackling knife crime – from individual citizens through to the council and other public services – and making Birmingham and beyond safer for all.”
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