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Northern Ireland in knife amnesty

The Northern Ireland Police Service (NIPS) has positioned steel waste containers at designated points as it seeks to eradicate knife crime.

Assistant chief constable Duncan McCausland and professor Sir Desmond Rea, chairman of Northern Ireland Policing Board check out the new bin

The disposal bins have been placed at civic amenity sites throughout the country with it hoped that they will provide a safe and secure method for disposing of knives.

Northern Ireland authorities have launched a major new campaign to tackle related problems, with the blade amnesty initially running for three weeks alongside similar initiatives in England and Wales.

With NIPS having a number of critical requirements for the banks, such as they should be held securely in position, easy to use and ensure that deposited knives cannot be removed, waste management solutions company Taylor was selected to install them.

NIPS knife disposal campaign team member Mervyn Bryans said: “We contacted several suppliers to discuss the requirement and Taylor was very helpful in coming up with a customised solution based around a well proven product.

“Security and safety, including the risk of arson attacks, were our core concerns to address and it was important for us that a steel and not plastic container was used. Being placed in often remote sites, every eventuality needed to be addressed.”

The multi-agency initiative involving the Northern Ireland (NI) Office, Police Service and NI Policing Board will focus on making young males in the high-risk age group (11-18 years) more aware of the consequences of carrying a knife.

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