With the opening of the latest Knife bin this week in Ladywood at the rear of Tesco Five Ways, by the mother of Christina Edkins, who was tragically killed with a kjnife on the no.9 Bus on her way to school.
I think this has to be a beginning of an effort by all, to get knives off our streets and in our local communities. It should be even viewed as a City wide knife recycling programme, with people depositing broken kitchen knives instead of placing them in your black bags or wheelie bins.
There are various educational initiatives for which we need to ensure that everyone is basically singing from the same hymn sheet, which is to rid of streets of knives and explain the full implications of carrying a knife and the long term consequences for all that fall victim, as in the end everyone is an actual victim.
It does start at home, however, check the number of knives you have if that is possible, be aware if one goes missing and ask questions.
It sounds simple but it is a start.
It was a tribute to Christina Edkins that the bin was painted purple and we should let this be a reminder of the responsibility that we all share in order to make this scheme work, no matter who is actually administering it.
Remember one knife of our streets is one knife less to hurt someone.
Currently the knife Bins in Birmingham are based at :
New Testament Church of God Lozells Road Lozells Birmingham
New Testament Church of God George Street West Spring Hill Birmingham
New Testament Church of God Goosemoor Lane Erdington Birmingham
Rear Tesco Five Ways Edgbaston Birmingham
Tesco Aston Lane Aston Birmingham
Aldi Stratford Road Sparkbrook Birmingham
For further information on Knife Bins visit www.word4weapons.co.uk
Lets work together in order to make it happen.
Below is a link from a Princes Trust funded short film on knife crime made by local young people.