A machete, kitchen knives and lock knives were among the brutal haul of blades recovered from Wolverhampton’s weapon surrender bin.

A total of 12 knives were found in the bin at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Whitmore Reans when it was emptied on February 18. It is one of 13 located around the Black Country and Birmingham supported by the Office of the West Midlands Police Crime and Commissioner.

As well as knives, Commissioner David Jamieson is now encouraging people to deposit guns and ammunition too as part of a new campaign to rid the streets of gun crime.

He said: “The weapon surrender bins are there so people can do the right thing and rid our streets of knives, guns and ammunition.

“It is a welcome sight to see them being embraced and used by the community.

“If you know someone who has a weapon – or if you are in possession of one yourself – do the right thing and drop it into the bin. Remember, this weapons surrender will only work if the community supports it.

“The result in Whitmore Reans is a good start and I’d like to see further progression made from here.”

Sgt Whitehouse added: “The knife bin at the Tabernacle Church in Whitmore Reans was installed in the summer of 2014 and has been a great success.

“I would like to reassure people that serious knife crime remains rare but we must take every opportunity to remove weapons from our streets for the safety of our communities and particularly our young people.

“The knife bins have given people the chance to dispose of items that can cause significant injuries, from machetes to flick knives, meat cleavers and syringes. They work because our communities want them to work, and we fully support them.”

The weapons found in the Whitmore Reans bin have now been removed and disposed.

The full list of bin locations can be found here

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