30 Jan Two specially designed knife amnesty bins are now in place across Basildon
A knife amnesty bin has been installed outside Basildon Police Station to encourage residents to safely and anonymously dispose of their knives, removing them from the streets and reducing the chances of them getting into the wrong hands.
There is the second knife amnesty bin already in place in Pitsea opposite Chalvedon Social Club in Mill Green.
The knife amnesty bins are supported by Safer Basildon, Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and the Only Cowards Carry charity, which was founded by Caroline Shearer in memory of her son Jay Whiston who was stabbed to death at a party in Colchester in September 2012.
Scott Logan, Chairman of Safer Basildon, said: “These bins are intended to give a message that no-one should carry a knife and Basildon does not condone knife crime. I would urge anyone to dispose of a knife, whatever the reason they have it, in this safe and secure way”.
Anyone who wants to surrender a knife should make sure it is fully wrapped up and placed in a secure container before bringing it to the amnesty bins.