The Knife Amnesty was launched in June 2015 due to the continuous increase in Knife Crime incidents. Knife amnesty bins were first launched in Clacton on Sea in 2014. Because of its great success It was then decided to roll out Amnesty Bins throughout Essex. So far Clacton on Sea, Colchester, Braintree, Chelmsford, and Basildon all have knife amnesty bins, during which over 6000 knifes have been handed in and taken off of the streets. The next roll out of 7 more Bins is under way.
The scheme is to encourage people to dispose of their blades before they can be used in violent attacks. It is its first scheme of its kind in the county. The amnesty bins are a proactive and preventative measure to make our streets safer.