30 January 2019 - A knife amnesty bin has been installed outside Basildon Police Station to encourage residents to safely and anonymously dispose of their knives, removing them from the streets and reducing the chances of them getting into the wrong hands.

Photo launch of Knife Amnesty Bins with Caroline Shearer of Only Cowards Carry; Temp Chief Insp .Steve Parry and Inspector Rob Maile with Basildon Council Chief Exec, Scott Logan and colleagues Mandie Skeat, Lesley O'Shea and Paula Mason (Safer Basildon). There is the second knife amnesty bin already in place in Pitsea opposite Chalvedon Social Club in Mill Green.

The knife amnesty bins are supported by Safer Basildon, Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and the Only Cowards Carry charity, which was founded by Caroline Shearer in memory of her son Jay Whiston who was stabbed to death at a party in Colchester in September 2012.

Scott Logan, Chairman of Safer Basildon, said: "These bins are intended to give a message that no-one should carry a knife and Basildon does not condone knife crime. I would urge anyone to dispose of a knife, whatever the reason they have it, in this safe and secure way".

Temporary Chief Inspector Steve Parry, District Commander for Basildon, said: "I hope that the Only Cowards Carry knife bin will encourage people throughout Basildon to surrender their knives.

"The work of Caroline and Only Cowards Carry, although created out of a tragic situation, has probably saved countless other lives over the past seven years.

"It's crucial for us to take these steps for a safer Basildon. I'm optimistic that people across the town will reconsider the dangerous situations they're putting themselves in and realise that carrying weapons only leads to trouble and can often end in terrible circumstances."

Anyone who wants to surrender a knife should make sure it is fully wrapped up and placed in a secure container before bringing it to the amnesty bins.

 To find out more about the work of Safer Basildon please visit www.basildon.gov.uk/saferbasildon