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Knives recycled into artwork

A youth project in Canning Town, London, has used amnesty knives and recycled them into creative artwork.

Canning Town South Detached Youth Project at Youth House has been working with a local blacksmith to take knives off the street and find a positive use for them. The police have collected a large number of blades including kitchen knives and meat cleavers which have been given in as part of amnesty days.

The knives are melted down by the blacksmith and then made into a clock that will be hung on the outside of the Youth House.

Youth House manager Lynne Steer said that the young people loved working with the blacksmith and being creative. She said: This supervised event takes something so awful and turns it into something beautiful.

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