Hastings police launch Get a life, Bin that Knife campaign
30 September 2013
Hastings police have launched a campaign 'Get a Life, Bin that
Knife' to educate young people on the dangers of carrying
Young people will be reminded of their responsibilities and
the risk of carrying knives before they are given the opportunity
to dispose of any knives in bins during a month-long
amnesty starting on Monday 30 September.
Hastings Sergeant Che Donald said: "Although knife crime
is not generally problem in the community of
Hastings, we did have the high profile case where
17-year-old Jacob Woodstra was stabbed to death on
5 April 2012 and the offenders were sentenced a year ago on 1
"With these in the forefront of our minds, it is imperative
that we educate young people of the possible consequences of
carrying a bladed item. Not only is it illegal, the repercussions
can have devastating effects.
"This amnesty will give members of the public the opportunity
to dispose of any knives without prosecution. Our schools' officers
will also be talking to pupils about the dangers of carrying knives
at primary and secondary schools in Hastings and St Leonards.
"We are also running a competition asking students to design a
poster raising awareness of the dangers of carrying a knife. These
will be judged with prizes for the best ones."
The campaign is being backed by Jacob Woodstra's father,
The amnesty bin is at Hastings Police Station front office for
a month and is open Monday to Saturday 9am to 8pm. Knives and
offensive weapons can be disposed of in the bin.
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