Knife surrender confirmed for Birmingham

Knives in a box Under the plans, people will be able to hand in knives at drop-off points in locations across the city

Related Stories

Police have confirmed a knife surrender planned for Birmingham will start later this month.

The scheme will be similar to a knife amnesty but will mean permanent drop-off points will be located in community centres and public spaces.

The plans follow the conviction of a 17-year-old for the stabbing of Hassan Mahmood in Yardley in July.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Bob Jones said he would announce the locations shortly.

Mr Jones said he was negotiating to get three drop-off points which would be open for at least six months.

"We are hoping to have more than that," he said.

There were two more stabbings in Birmingham last week, including one in Handsworth, where a man in his 50s died, and another in Handsworth Wood. A 14-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder.

'Redouble our efforts'

Coun Waseem Zaffar, chair of Birmingham City Council's community safety committee and councillor for Lozells and East Handsworth, said: "My ward has far too many knife incidents. Hopefully this will help."

He added: "I still think we need to do more in our schools and youth centres to educate people not to carry knives."

Det Ch Insp Simon Wallis, from West Midlands Police, said "We can't accept any level of knife crime.

"We need to redouble our efforts around this agenda."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Birmingham & Black Country

Weather

Birmingham

7 °C 3 °C

BBC Local Live

  1.  
    08:44: Call for pub bombings inquest

    Families of the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings are due to meet the home secretary later to call for an inquest into the deaths.

    Pub bombings aftermath

    The explosions, on 21 November 1974, killed 21 people and injured 182 at two pubs in the city centre.

     
  2.  
    08:29: Broken traffic lights BBC Travel

    Traffic lights have failed at the junction of Ivyhouse Lane and the A4123 Birmingham New Road in Coseley.

     
  3.  
    08:15: Villa's late winner BBC Sport

    Aston Villa have climbed out of the relegation zone after a last-gasp penalty from Christian Benteke (pictured) saw them beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 last night.

    Christian Benteke

    A crowd of 31,272 were at Villa Park to see the dramatic win, which also featured goals from Gabriel Agbonlahor to put Villa ahead, while Saido Berahino scored for West Brom.

     
  4.  
    08:04: Fine later Sara Blizzard BBC Weather

    A cold start with a few showers through the morning.

    Sara Blizzard

    Showers will gradually clear through the day leaving everywhere fine with highs of 7C (45F).

     
  5.  
    08:00: Good morning

    Hello and welcome to Wednesday's Local Live updates for Birmingham and the Black Country.

    We'd love you to get involved by emailing or tweeting us your comments on today's events or any good photos you've taken.

     

Features

  • Elderly manSuicide decline

    The number of old people killing themselves has fallen. Why?


  • Petrol pumpPumping up

    Why are petrol prices rising again?


  • Image of George from Tube CrushTube crush

    How London's male commuters set Chinese hearts racing


  • TricycleTreasure trove

    The lost property shop stuffed with diamonds, bikes... and a leg


Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.