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WATCH: Deadly machetes among haul of weapons dumped during project

By Annabal Bagdi | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

This is the haul of dangerous weapons which have been dropped into knife bins across the West Midlands this year.

More than 180 sharply-pointed blades, firearms and other terrifying weapons are now off the county's streets after residents were urged to bin the items.

The mass collection of weapons have been surrendered since April as part of a county-wide drive to reduce knife crime across the region.

Frightening weapons seized from the bins included kitchen knives and large blades, along with butterfly knives lock knives.

Residents also dropped in two handguns and two BB guns, as well as machete-type blades, screwdrivers, a wooden cosh, scissors, and a knuckle duster.

The contents of the bins were revealed on Thursday outside Hockley's New Testament Church of God Brookfield, where one of the Birmingham knife bins are located.

WATCH as deadly haul of weapons seized

At least 2,500 weapons have also been seized by officers during stop-searches and park sweeps over the past three months.

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It comes during West Midlands Police's week-long campaign to raise awareness of the devastating effects of knife crime and educating groups on the dangers of carrying blades.

The knife bins, which are supported by the force and West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, have been set up by organisation Word 4 Weapons.

Black Country knife bins can be found at the corner of High Street and New Street in West Bromwich town centre and outside Heath Town's New Testament Church of God in Wednesfield Road.

Weapons can also be dropped in bins at Whitmore Reans' Tabernacle Baptist Church, in Dunstall Road, and Morrisons Bilston, in Black Country Route.

Annabal Bagdi

By Annabal Bagdi
@AnnabalB_Star

Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

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