Get a Life bin that Knife - Launch of Knife Surrender Bins
Knife surrender bins are to be launched in Whitmore
Reans, Wolverhampton and Edgbaston, Birmingham this week as
communities in both cities 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 and
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.
The launch events are to be hosted by international reggae artist
Roach Killa. The knife bin at Wolverhampton will take place
July - 17.30 Tabernacle Church, Dunstall Road, Whitmore
The surrender bin will be unveiled by Bob Jones' widow Sarah
Edmondson and his stepdaughter step Frances Harrison.
Sarah Edmondson said: "It is a great honour to be able to
represent Bob at this event. We know how much he cared about
making life safer for everyone in our communities and I hope this
knife bin will help toward doing that."
The launch of the purple knife bin at Edgbaston will take place
Tesco Fiveways Edgbaston, rear car park, Ruston Street,
Birmingham City Centre B18 8HA.
It is to be be unveiled by Kathleen Harris, mother of Christina
Edkins, who was tragically killed in a knife attack in March last
Purple was Christina's favourite colour and everybody attending
this event is asked to wear something purple in her
Kathleen Harris said:
"I don't think people realise the effect that knife crime has
on people. It destroys not only the victim's parents but
their family and friends as well."
"We can never have our Christina back, but if this bin can even
help one person to get rid of one knife, and save one life, then it
will have been worthwhile."
"I would like to make people think more about knife crime, not just
young people but adults as well. Be sure you are aware if
your child is carrying a knife and explain to them what the
consequences could be."
"If you are throwing away old kitchen knives you no longer
want, take them to the surrender bins for safety. If you
dispose of them in your dustbin, they might fall into the wrong
"Young people who are disposing of a knife need to know that what
they must do is wrap it up so it cannot be used to hurt
anyone. So long as it is wrapped up, if you get stopped by
police, it will help you to show that you are taking the knife to
dispose of it. "
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Yvonne Mosquito said:
"These events were planned several weeks ago and Commissioner
Bob Jones very much wanted to be there for the launches
"I would like to express my gratitude that Bob's widow Sarah and
step-daughter Frances have very generously agreed to represent Bob.
It is very moving to see their love and support to the
community at this difficult time, which is a fitting reflection of
the way Bob worked.
"May I also express my huge appreciation of the support of Kathleen
Harris and her family, for their unselfish efforts to improve
people's safety, when coping with the terrible tragedy of losing
"The fact that these bins have been installed is a testimony to Bob
Jones because they show how he wanted to ensure that the public's
voice was heard and responded to.
"Young people and community leaders said they wanted knife
surrender bins and Bob Jones made sure they got them."
"There have been many people involved in working with young people
and making the installation of these bins possible. I would
like to thank all of our partners in the community and other
organisations who have worked together to bring this about - in
particular Word4Weapons, the pastor and congregations at the
churches in Wolverhampton, Tesco, Aldi, and West Midlands Police
with special thanks to Constable Dave Webb, the Youth
Commissioners, and all the organisations that are working to
improve public safety.
Roach Killa, who has been carrying out extensive work in West
Midlands schools said:
"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."
Youth Commissioner for Wolverhampton Samrita Basra
"This is an initiative that comes from young people and is for
young people. The majority of young people want knife crime
to end because every young person deserves the right to live
without fear of being attacked. We want to see an end to
the tragedies and wasted lives."
Youth Commissioner for Birmingham Sohail Hussain said:
"I would like to remind people that even if you don't carry a
knife yourself, if you are with somebody who uses one, you could
end up going to prison too.
"We are asking all young people to support this initiative,
both by encouraging others to use the bins and making clear that
things need to change and can change. It is in all of our
hands, because we are the ones that hold the power to make change
The launch at Wolverhampton will be attended by Sarah Edmondson,
Frances Harrison, Deputy Commissioner Yvonne Mosquito, Mike Smith
from Word4Weapons, Assistant Chief Constable Carl Foulkes, Youth
Commissioners Samrita Basra and Sandeep Bains and Roach
The launch at Birmingham will be attended by Kathleen Harris,
Tesco, Deputy Commissioner Yvonne Mosquito, Mike Smith from
Word4Weapons, Constable Dave Webb, Youth Commissioner Sohail
Hussain and Roach Killa.
The knife surrender bins form a part of a program that is being
carried out by West Midlands Police which includes:
- Training has been delivered to 250 teachers from across the
region in Fearless - a Crimestoppers programme designed to support
young people in both managing peer pressure and encouraging social
responsibility in crime reporting.
- There have been 20 intelligence led undercover test-purchase
operations over the past 12 months with only two traders breaking
the law by selling knives to under 18s.
- Pop-up airport-style metal detectors have appeared at transport
hubs and interchanges in one-off intelligence led policing
- Around 50 teachers have been reminded in police led training
sessions of their powers in relation to searching for weapons on
- 150 people - including the parents of murdered schoolgirl
Christina Edkins - attended a pioneering drama project financed by
the Police Property Act Fund.
- Around 30 youngsters, aged between 13 and 18, were involved in
the production performing their own songs and poetry about how
knife crime has affected them, following several weeks of
rehearsals alongside music producers and drama professionals.
- Last November, officers in one of Birmingham's most deprived
areas took the bold step of taking community members with them on a
bus operation after they had confided in police that they felt
unsafe using buses following the death of a 16 year-old boy. The
operation, in partnership with National Express and initiated in a
direct response to these concerns, demonstrated how the latest
technology is keeping passengers safe - including the use of
microscopic microphones which automatically detect vandalism and
high definition CCTV cameras triggered by a detection to zoom
straight in on the vandal.
- Each of the 10 local policing units in the West Midlands now
have dedicated knife crime leads driving work to target offenders
and drive down offences in their area through awareness, education,
work with partner agencies, voluntary groups and most importantly,
local young people.
In February 2014, the first knife
surrender bins were launched in Birmingham:
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