Community led knife surrender launches
A KNIFE surrender launches in Birmingham today (12 Feb) as
communities across the city unite to take a stand against knife
'Get a life, bin that knife' is the message being spread to anyone
thinking about carrying a blade in Birmingham.
The knife surrender has been called for by local people and secure
bins will be located at the heart of the city's
The initiative is being backed by young people who attended the
Police and Crime Commissioner's Youth Summit in Birmingham in
December last year and pledged their support for the
Members of the community and officers have been working with Word 4 Weapons to organise the placement
of the bins - the organisation has experience of running a similar
scheme in London.
A total of three knife disposal bins have now been installed
across the city and there are plans for more in the near future.
The first three can be found at:
· 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
Bishop Derek Webley, whose church in Lozells is hosting one of the
first bins, said: "I fully support the initiative of providing bins
for the depositing of knives.
"One knife carried is one knife too many, one life taken by the use
of a knife is one life too many, therefore those who want to
dispose of a knife or knives in a safe place should have the
opportunity and the facility to do so."
Commissioner Bob Jones explained: "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
called for a Knife Surrender at our Stop and Search Summit in
September and at our October public meeting on knife
"I would like to thank our partners in the community and other
organisations who have worked together to bring this about.
"For this Knife Surrender campaign to succeed it needs to be
actively led by our community and particularly our young
"Our recently appointed Youth Commissioners, will have a
significant role in working proactively to spread the message to
young people, about the risks to themselves from carrying a knife
and the reasons they should use the knife surrender bins."
A knife surrender differs from a knife amnesty in that there is no
temporary suspension of laws against carrying a life while the
surrender is in place and there is no fixed duration for the
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Wallis, added: "We have worked
closely with our local communities who have led the way in
introducing this initiative in Birmingham.
"The most effective way to get rid of a knife remains disposing of
it in a bin at home, but the knife surrender bins will provide an
additional place for knives to be disposed of safely.
"Knife crime has fallen considerably over the last decade - down 75
per cent - and our work continues to drive this down even further.
We must also remember that fatal knife attacks are not
"Our Knives End Lives campaign has been running since the start of
last year and was launched to raise people's awareness of the
consequences of carrying a weapon. Almost 50,000 school pupils have
now seen a hard-hitting presentation which is designed to steer
them away from knife crime and "deglamourise" gang culture.
"Carrying a knife, or indeed anything that could be used as a
weapon, is a game changer: if you set foot in public with a knife
you not only endanger other people's lives but also your own. If
someone with a knife gets caught up in a row or scuffle there's
every chance that knife could be used to injure or kill - and may
well be used against the carrier.
"Carrying knives for 'protection' is a total fallacy - in reality
it may well result in the person being seriously hurt or punished
by the courts. One life affected by knife crime is one too
Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe & Smart City
commented: "It is important that we respond to the needs of our
communities on such important issues as knife crime and by
supporting this community-led campaign our residents will feel
safer in their own neighbourhoods and it is key that our
young-people are leading the way in shaping a safer
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