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‘Every blade binned is a potential life saved’

Weapons are left in bins through ‘anonymous’ disposal scheme

06 August, 2021 — By Isabelle Stanley

Word 4 Weapons manager Camara Fearon

MORE than 1,000 blades have been collected in six knife bins aimed at convincing people to give up their weapons.

The scheme is run by Islington Council and charity Word 4 Weapons as “a safe and anonymous way to dispose of knives”.

More than 250 other objects were also found among the contents of the bins, including scissors, building tools and kitchen utensils since they were installed last October.

After the success of the borough’s first knife bin at St Mellitus Church in Tollington, installed in October 2018, the council installed six more last year at different locations to allow greater access for everyone in Islington.

Community safety chief Councillor Sue Lukes said: “I am so moved when I see how many knives we have collected here, and I am so glad we are doing this. I want to thank every single person who dropped a knife into a bin, every one of those is a potential life saved.”

She added: “We are all Islington, and those people who chose to do the right thing – have a difficult conversation, check their child’s room or decide not to hold something for a friend – deserve our thanks and praise. They have saved lives.”

The bins can be found outside the Finsbury Leisure Centre, the Cally Pool, the Highbury Leisure Centre, the Sobell Leisure Centre and in Hornsey Road and St John’s Way.

Word 4 Weapons manager Camara Fearon said: “We are encouraged to see that our Islington communities are using the knife bins and the variety of items deposited indicate that a range of people are using them.

“We look forward to continuing our partnership in reducing the amount of knives and weapons in Islington.”

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