The discussion was hosted by Dave Prince, along with me, David Webb of West Midlands Police and Teswal White.
There was an emphasis on global community responsibility in dealing with this issue. Knife Bins are increasing and many are now asking for these, however, whilst appreciating it is not the complete answer it is one of the necessary tools which are needed in order to develop and keep this essential issue on the agenda permanently.
There is no point burying our heads in the sand and say it will not happen to me, as David Webb pointed out there could be a Policeman’s knocked at the door.
Our Anti Weapon Strategy Group is about developing awareness of the Bins and also the devastating impact upon families and the wider communities. Teswal highlighted in fact that he will be starting awareness sessions at Broadway Academy in Perry Barr just over the road from where the Knife Bin is being unveiled.
Many will say that what about finances, I would say what is the value of a human life to a family when a loved one is killed.
Furthermore, a murder inquiry could cost up to £5m.
As people we do need to play our part in ensuring that the streets of our neighbourhoods are safe.
There was criticism of the Knife Bins initially, however, the Charity running these Bins for example Words4Weapons have collected over 10000 knives and the other Bin A Knife Surrender your Knife Campaign has also collected some 10000 knives.
We were informed today live on air that 153 weapons were recovered form the Bins which including two guns including ammunition.
This for me signifies progress and can only move forward with this.
Therefore, it is clear there is a seventh Birmingham Knife Bin being launch and a further three locations currently being identified provided through Community Sources means that will be on the agenda permanently.
20th January 2015