More weapon surrender bins in Solihull and Coventry - The Solihull Observer

More weapon surrender bins in Solihull and Coventry

Solihull Editorial 4th Feb, 2024   0

MORE knives will be taken off the streets after new weapon surrender bins were installed.

The safe and secure metal boxes are there for people to dispose of knives, blades and other dangerous objects.

One of the bins has been placed outside Solihull Railway Station and the other outside Coventry Police Station on Little Park Street.

Others have been installed in Tipton and Wolverhampton.

The roll out of the bins is part of a concerted effort by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Simon Foster, to tackle violence and reduce harm.

In total, the number of weapon bins installed by the PCC across the region, has now reached 30.

Latest figures show as many as 659 weapons – including knives, guns and machetes – were deposited in the surrender bins between April and June last year.

Mr Foster said: “The four new weapon surrender bins being installed once again shows my commitment to prevent, tackle and reduce knife and gun crime in the West Midlands.

“In addition to robust policing to deal with people who are intent on causing harm to others, we also need to focus on prevention, early intervention, diversion and addressing the underlying causes of violence and knife crime.

“The bins are providing people with a legal and safe way to dispose of knives, which they shouldn’t be carrying.

“Every knife placed in a surrender bin is potentially a life saved.”


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