Weapon Surrender Bins
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
Locations of the weapon bins across the West
- New Testament Church Of God, George Street West Hockley B18
- New Testament Church Of God, 240-244 Lozells Road
- New Testament Church of God, Goosemore Lane, Erdington
- Aldi, 273 Stratford Road, Sparkbrook
- Tesco, 278-299 Aston Lane, Birmingham
- New Testament Church of God, Wednesfield Road Heath
- Tabernacle Baptist Church, Dunstall Road, Whitmore
- Morrisons Bilston, Black Country Route, Bilston
- St Chad and St Mark's Church in Lime Street, Wolverhampton
- Tesco, Town Gate Retail Park, Birmingham Rd, Dudley
- ASDA, Abbey Park, North London Rd, Coventry
- Sainsbury's, Freeth St, Oldbury, B69 3DB
- Tesco, 6 Littleton Street Walsall WS2 8EQ
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
"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 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
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.