Intelligence into serious youth violence hotspots across Bedford Borough, and research into their use and effectiveness, means knife bins in the area will move to new locations.
Knife bins can now be found at the following places in Bedford and Kempston:
- Church Lane shops, Goldington, Bedford, MK41 0PW
- Addison Howard Park, Kempston, MK42 8UU (near the tennis court)
- Commercial Road/Costin Street, Bedford, MK40 1RB (near the basketball courts)
- Jubilee Park, Bedford, MK42 0JD (Moulton Avenue opposite Mareth Road)
Superintendent Jaki Whittred said: “The new locations for our weapons bins have been selected based on where we have seen an increase in serious youth violence and knife crime, using information from our community policing teams and from our Boson team, who are dedicated to tackling gun and gang criminality.
“The bins have been placed into hotspot areas on purpose, and I hope that anyone carrying a weapon sees them and thinks twice about carrying or using it.
“There are consequences to carrying a weapon – you face time in prison, even if you don’t use it. Our message to people across the county is always not to carry weapons.
Using the bins is the safest way to dispose of weapons, and takes them off the streets so they can’t be used to cause harm to anyone.”
You must always call 999 if there is an emergency or someone is in danger, but if have information on knie crime, you can report it by calling 101 or online at bedfordshire.police.uk/report.
Or you can call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.