New Knife Surrender Bin Unveiled in Bilston
A new knife surrender bin has been officially opened in Bilston
to help keep the streets of the Black Country safe.
The site, outside Morrisons supermarket on the main Black Country
Route, is part of the 'Bin a Knife' community initiative and brings
the total number of knife surrender bins across the West Midlands
The bin was unveiled today (Thurs 10th December) by Assistant
Police and Crime Commissioner Judy Foster after having been donated
by the British Ironworks Centre.
Assistant PCC Judy Foster explained: "These knife bins give people
a place to safely off-load items, which could instead destroy
lives. Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson is a supporter
of the knife surrenders that have helped get over 400 knives off
our streets in the last few months alone.
"Our communities have told us that they want an end to knife crime
and that they want to work with us to make that happen. These bins
are a direct response to members of the public who have called for
a Knife Surrender bin to be located here in Bilston.
"I would like to thank our partners in the community and other
organisations who have worked together to bring this about. The
success of our Knife Surrender campaign throughout the West
Midlands region is due to the groundswell of support from the
community and particularly our young people."
In September a total of 406 knives and many other weapons,
including firearms were successfully 'binned' and taken off the
streets of the West Midlands after nine knife bins in the region
The latest Knife Surrender bin has been installed by the British
Ironworks Centre, based in Shropshire, which plans to use the
knives collected from forces across the UK to create a monument
commemorating the lives of stabbing victims at London's Trafalgar
Managing Director of the British Ironworks Centre Clive Knowles
"Here at the British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry, Shropshire we
are attempting to facilitate national amnesties, by donating
totally free of any cost Knife bins for any UK police
"With the knifes collected we are building the UK's National
monument against violence and aggression, all knifes are required,
the aim is to achieve 100,000 knifes off the streets of the
"Bilston in the West Midlands is one of those areas showing
great strength in leadership in helping to spear head this
Judy Foster added: "The people who use our knife surrender bins
are making a positive decision, which in many cases is probably the
best decision they will ever make. The message is clear - don't
carry a knife, it's no way to protect yourself and ultimately there
is a much greater chance that it will be used against you."
Bilston North Councillor Linda Leach said: "I am committed to
making Bilston a better place to live and I am delighted that this
knife surrender bin is now in place. Each and every knife handed in
will help make our community that little bit safer."