Local London Assembly Member Dr Onkar Sahota has called on the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime to fund a knife surrender bin in Ealing. In a letter to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Dr Sahota said he was concerned about a rise in the number of knife related crimes across the capital. London saw an 8 per cent increase in knife crime last year, with the number cases of Wounding and GBH in Ealing increasing by 12 per cent in the twelve months to December 2015.
There are currently 30 knife surrender bins located across London but not currently in Ealing. The bins, sealed steel containers that are secured to the ground, give people a secure and anonymous way to dispose of a knife that could otherwise be used as a weapon. Since their introduction in 2009 the bins have taken over 18’000 knives off the streets and into the hands of the police, as well as guns and ammunition.
Dr Sahota wrote the letter after the Mayor and Metropolitan Police Commissioner agreed to consider Assembly plans for a London-wide knife amnesty. Dr Sahota said that a knife surrender bin in Ealing would work alongside an amnesty by giving people who wish to dispose of a knife a secure and anonymous way to do so.
Local London Assembly Member for Ealing, Dr Onkar Sahota AM, said:
“We must do everything in our power to reduce this type of crime before more lives are ruined. Alongside other measures, such as the amnesty called for by the London Assembly, a knife bin in Ealing will offer a positive option for people wishing to hand over their weapons. Knife bins across London have taken large numbers of knives from the streets and put them into the hands of the police so I would urge MOPAC to consider funding this proposal.”