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Knives placed in bins will be turned into awards

New rollout comes after more than 1,000 weapons were surrendered in one bin last year

23 October, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

Mayor Janet Burgess and Cllr Sue Lukes with a new knife bin in Highbury

SIX new knife surrender bins have been installed around the borough after more than 1,000 weapons were thrown into one bin last year, including a samurai sword and a serrated hunting blade.

The bins, organised by the council and charity Word 4 Weapons, provide a safe and anonymous way for people to dispose of knives as the blades are not tracked back to the owners.

The Tribune previously reported on the success of the first bin outside the Mellitus Roman Catholic Church in Finsbury Park. It was launched by Jessica Plummer, whose son Shaquan was stabbed to death in 2015.

When the knives are collected in the new bins they will be melted down and the metal reformed into awards recognising individual or group contributions within the local community.

Word 4 Weapons will also provide an educa­tion package including awareness sessions and educational resources for schools and youth workers.

Two of the new bins have been paid by the Arsenal Foundation, and one by the Old Street District Partnership.

The Town Hall’s new crime chief, Cllr Sue Lukes, said: “These new knife bins will give people the opportunity to safely and anonymously dispose of any knives that could be used as weapons, or to harm someone.”

Word 4 Weapons charity manager Camara Fearon said: “When a knife crime incident occurs, it affects a much wider group of people. We often forget it can affect both the victim, the perpetrator, friends and family and the local community.

“Our mission is to help create safer communities in which to live and work through education and by promoting the voluntary surrender of knives and other weapons.”

The new knife bin locations are:

Central Street, outside Finsbury Leisure Centre;

Stanmore Street, outside Cally Pool and gym;

Highbury Crescent, outside Highbury Leisure Centre;

Hornsey Road, outside the Sobell leisure centre;

Hornsey Road, by the bridge close to Arsenal FC’s Emirates Stadium.

St John’s Way, Archway, close to Caxton House Community Centre.

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