Fresh new look for Suffolk amnesty bins

Suffolk’s Bin a Blade amnesty bins are getting a fresh new look.

Following the success of the initial year-long knife amnesty, which saw 6125 knives deposited anonymously in four permanent and two mobile bins in 2011, Suffolk Constabulary has continued to encourage people to bin their blades by maintaining the static bins outside Ipswich, Lowestoft, Bury St Edmunds and Mildenhall Police Stations.

These bins are owned by Forest Heath, Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils, who have kindly allowed them to remain in place and be repainted.

Chief Constable Simon Ash said: “We are very grateful to our partners in supporting the ongoing amnesty, and allowing the bins to be resprayed as at the moment they are in different colours and conditions.

“I recently met with Holly Watson and asked her what colour she wanted the bins to be; she has chosen yellow to ensure they stand out and the public can clearly see they’re available for them to bin their blades.”

The bins were taken away on Tuesday (October 2), and will return in a couple of weeks.

Whilst they are away, anyone with knives they wish to dispose of can take them into the public enquiry offices at Ipswich, Lowestoft, Bury St Edmunds and Mildenhall Police Stations where they can be handed in without prejudice.

So far in 2012, 1640 knives have been deposited in the bins (Mildenhall - 96, Bury St Edmunds - 262, Ipswich - 833, Lowestoft - 449).

Suffolk Constabulary is continuing to work with local anti-knife campaigner Holly Watson and BBC Radio Suffolk to raise awareness of the consequences of carrying a knife, including developing an educational theatre production and an award made from amnesty knives.

Bin a Blade currently features in an exhibition at the V and A Museum of Childhood.

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (October 11) Echo.