I hate the fact some people feel the need to carry a knife when they’re out on our streets. The culture of carrying a weapon is something we must stop.
So I’m really pleased – and relieved – to hear how many people have used the knife surrender bin we installed a few months ago in West Bromwich town centre.
Already, 71 people have taken the decision to get the knife out of their life by using the bin at the corner of High Street/New Street. This means 71 fewer knives on Sandwell’s streets.
Now, I’m not saying knife crime is a major issue in West Bromwich, or the wider Black Country. It isn’t.
But it’s so easy for a fight to escalate into something much, much worse if someone’s carrying a weapon. And the consequences can be devastating for individuals, families and the wider community.
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner and Word 4 Weapons programme have supported the introduction of the knife surrender bin in West Bromwich. There are now 13 in total around the Black Country and Birmingham area.
The commissioner is also now calling on people to deposit firearms and ammunition in the bins, to help make our region a safer place.
I’d like to thank everyone who has surrendered their weapon. And I’d urge others now to do the same.
Please, for you, your family and the wider community, take that step and get the knife out of your life.