Blades to become tribute to victims

Insp James Martin, of Blackpool Police, with some of the knives handed in during a six-week amnesty.
Insp James Martin, of Blackpool Police, with some of the knives handed in during a six-week amnesty.
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A huge 20-foot tribute to the victims of knife crime will be made using deadly weapons taken off Fylde coast streets.

More than 800 blades that have been gathered from across Lancashire during a recent amnesty – including around 170 from the west of the county – will be used to support a national campaign to prevent knife crime.

Police have hailed the six-week amnesty a “success”, and said designated bins to allow residents to deposit knives anonymously will remain in place indefinitely.

The locations of the bins could be extended to include job centres, leisure centres and community centres.

Det Chief Insp Steve Dowson said he was “delighted” with the response to the amnesty.

“We are keen to raise awareness of the devastating impact of knife crime and to reduce the number of families affected so we have decided to keep the knife bins indefinitely,” he added.

“While projects encouraging the surrender of knives are not a single solution to violence, they have an important role to play in inspiring communities to get behind education and preventative measures.

“Our communities have told us that they want an end to knife crime and that they want to work with us to make that happen.”

Lancashire Police is now throwing its weight behind the national Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife campaign.

The British Ironworks Centre, which is co-ordinating the project, plans to use knives collected from around the country to create a 20-foot high guardian angel sculpture in memory of victims. It is not yet known where the statue will be located.

British Ironwork Centre chairman Clive Knowles said: “The statue, which will represent the culmination of our project, will symbolise the nation’s stand against knife crime.”

Lancashire’s knife amnesty ran from August 25 to October 6.