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New knife bin to help protect borough introduced at town hall

PUBLISHED: 17:00 04 October 2018

Councillor Roger Hirst and Insp Tom Mitchell by the new Brentwood town hall knife bin.

Councillor Roger Hirst and Insp Tom Mitchell by the new Brentwood town hall knife bin.

Brentwood Borough Council

A knife bin to help get weapons off streets has been installed at the Brentwood Borough Council Town Hall.

To date, the Only Cowards Carry knives amnesty has installed the bins across Essex with around 15,000 knives being handed in during the first six months of the year.

The initiative was established by Caroline Shearer whose son Jay Whiston died after being stabbed at a house party in Colchester in 2012 and covers Suffolk and Essex.

Since being established the charity has educated around 30,000 school children about the dangers of carrying knives.

The latest bin has been introduced to the town hall in Ingrave Road.

Fire and crime commissioner for Essex and Brentwood Councillor Roger Hirst said: “Reversing the trend in serious violence is one of the priorities in my police and crime plan, with the objective of catching criminals and supporting early interventions to improve public safety so that the number of people killed and seriously injured as a result of serious violence across our county is significantly reduced.

“A knife placed in one of these bins is another knife off our streets which might otherwise be used to cause someone serious harm or potentially worse. Not only do these bins allow dangerous weapons to be safely disposed of but their visible presence in the heart of our town centres also serves to raise awareness of the very real danger posed by those carrying knives.”

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