Weapon Surrender Bins

Sparkbrook

In response to community demand, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner has supported the installation of weapon surrender bins in Birmingham, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.

Members of the community and officers have been working with Word 4 Weapons  to set up the bins - the organisation has experience of running a similar scheme in London.

Locations of the weapon bins across the West Midlands:

  • New Testament Church Of God, New Spring Street Hockley
  • New Testament Church Of God, 240-244 Lozells Road Birmingham
  • New Testament Church of God, Goosemore Lane, Erdington
  • Aldi, 273 Stratford Road, Sparkbrook
  • Tesco, 278-299 Aston Lane, Birmingham
  • The Sports Hub Perry Barr, Holford Drive, Perry Barr
  • Cannon Street Memorial Baptist Church, 330 Soho Road, Handsworth
  • Green Lane Masjid, 20 Green Lane, Small Heath
  • West Bromwich Town Centre, Corner High Street/New Street
  • New Testament Church of God, Wednesfield Road Heath Town
  • Tabernacle Baptist Church, Dunstall Road, Whitmore Reans
  • Morrisons Bilston, Black Country Route, Bilston

Lozells

Commissioner David Jamieson explained: "The late PCC Bob Jones listened when our communities said they wanted an end to knife crime and that they wanted to work with us to make that happen.  I fully support this initiative and would like to thank our partners in the community and other organisations who worked together to bring this about.

"For this Surrender campaign to succeed it needs to be actively led by our community and particularly our young people. 

"Our Youth Commissioners have a significant role in working proactively to spread the message to young people, about the risks to themselves from carrying a weapon and the reasons they should use the weapon surrender bins."

A weapon surrender differs from an amnesty in that there is no temporary suspension of laws against carrying a life while the surrender is in place.

Bishop Derek Webley, whose church in Lozells is hosted one of the first bins, said: "I fully support the initiative of providing bins for the depositing of weapons. 

"One weapon carried is one knife too many, one life taken by the use of a weapon is one life too many, therefore those who want to dispose of a weapon in a safe place should have the opportunity and the facility to do so."

West Midlands Police has also been running a programme in schools: The 'Knives End Lives' campaign was launched to raise people's awareness of the consequences of carrying a weapon. Almost 50,000 school pupils were shown a hard-hitting presentation, designed to steer them away from crime and "deglamourise" gang culture.

Anyone with information on those carrying a knife should call police on 101. People who do not want to speak to officers directly can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.