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Lowestoft, Mildenhall, Beccles, Halesworth and Kessingland knife amnesty to feature in museum exhibition

12:56 01 August 2012

The launch of a knife amnesty at Sudbury Police Station as part of the Bin a Blade Campaign.; Detective Chief Inspector Steve Mattin, PCSO

The launch of a knife amnesty at Sudbury Police Station as part of the Bin a Blade Campaign.; Detective Chief Inspector Steve Mattin, PCSO's Carly Bignell, Linda Turkentine and Andrea Campbell with Holly Watson whose Brother Lewis was a victim of knife crime in Sudbury.

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A year long knife amnesty in Suffolk which saw 6,125 bladed items left in special bins is to feature in an exhibition at a London museum.

The Bin a Blade campaign, has been chosen for a display at the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green.

The exhibition is part of the Welcome to our World series of displays which explores the more challenging aspects of childhood.

It will feature in a section called Teen Knife Crime which explores the reasons why young people may choose to carry a knife.

The exhibition will run until July 2013.

The year long Bin a Blade campaign started in December 2010 and across Suffolk it saw a total of 6,125 knives and other articles handed in over a 12 month period.

In Lowestoft the amnesty bin outside the town’s police station saw 1,784 potentially dangerous items handed in, including a samurai sword, cutlasses and machetes.

One man get rid off of a staggering 570 pocket, lock, throwing and combat knives in one day.

The county wide campaign also saw 1.029 items left in Bury St Edmunds police station and 145 were deposited at Mildenhall’s police site.

There were also temporary bins at Beccles, Halesworth and Kessingland which saw 123, 68 and 13 items left respectively.

The museum exhibition will also showcase the work of anti-knife campaigner Holly Watson, 19, of Sudbury, whose brother was fatally stabbed in 2009.

Bin A Blade involved Miss Holly and Suffolk police and BBC Radio Suffolk and all of the items handed in were shredded and destroyed.

Chief constable Simon Ash said: “While knife crime is not a significant problem in Suffolk, we have still managed to have an impact in the county with so many knives handed in and I am pleased that we are now reaching other audiences with the message not to carry a knife.

“I hope this display will also encourage people to hear Holly’s story.

“In Suffolk, we are starting work on an exciting new strand of Bin a Blade, which will see the anti-knife message delivered to young people and their families through drama.”

So far this year the Bin a Blade amnesty has seen a further 967 knives left in bins.

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