The West Midlands police force area now has 13 weapon surrender bins.
It’s after a new safe and secure container, which is designed for people to safely dispose of knives, was unveiled today (Monday 26 March, 2018) at St Chad and St Mark’s Church in Lime Street, Merridale, Wolverhampton.
The bins are just one of the ways the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is tackling the increasing problem of knife crime.
Wolverhampton now has 4 weapon surrender bins, all funded by the PCC. The other Wolverhampton bins are located at the New Testament Church of God, Wednesfield Road, Heath Town; Tabernacle Baptist Church, Dunstall Road, Whitmore Reans; and Morrisons, Bilston.
Commenting on the arrival of a new bin the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: “I’m very pleased we have been able to provide another surrender bin for Wolverhampton.
“The bins are providing people with a legal and safe way to dispose of knives which they shouldn’t be carrying. Every knife posted into a surrender bin is potentially a life saved.
“These bins work best when the community wants them and in Wolverhampton the message we have been receiving loud and clear is that more are needed”.
The other bins are based across Birmingham and Sandwell.
The PCC installed the bin with the full backing of the City of Wolverhampton Council. Its leader, Councillor Roger Lawrence, said: “This is our fourth knife bin in Wolverhampton and, like the others, it will have an important role in helping to prevent crime.
“Very simply, if knives are taken off the streets then they cannot be used to commit a crime or cause injury.
“Sadly, knives are very easy to obtain. We have to ensure that people, particularly young people, are aware that if they take a knife out with them they could end up facing a murder charge.”
Chief Superintendent Jayne Meir from West Midlands Police said: “We work very closely with the community, council and other partners in Wolverhampton to prevent the harm caused by knife crime.
“We are very grateful to St Chad and St Mark’s Church for allowing the placement of this additional knife bin.
“Alongside encouraging the disposal of knives, we ask the public to give us any information that might help us to protect our young people and I would urge them to contact us on 101 or through Crime Stoppers on 0800 555111.”
The 13 knife bin locations across the West Midlands are:
- 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
- Corner High Street/New Street, West Bromwich Town Centre
- New Testament Church of God, Wednesfield Road, Heath Town
- Tabernacle Baptist Church, Dunstall Road, Whitmore Reans
- Morrisons, Black Country Route, Bilston
- St Chad and St Mark’s Church in Lime Street, Wolverhampton