First weapons deposit bin installed in South Yorkshire to tackle rising crime figures

A new weapons bin has been installed in Burngreave to encourage people to dispose of their weapons safely and anonymously.

The bin is part of the Words 4 Weapons campaign to reduce the number of weapons on the street.

It is the first one to be installed in South Yorkshire and is located outside the Rock Christian Centre’s Lighthouse on Handley Street.

The church are working in association with Words 4 Weapons to promote use of the bin and its group helps community members who are struggling to get back on their feet.

Assistant Pastor Paul Hunt said the bin is a part of their ongoing work.

He said: “We do what we can for people who maybe homeless or maybe on some kind of substance, and we try to do our best to help people make better decisions, so we’ll talk to them and spend time with them.

“This is just another resource we’re able to use to try and make things better in their lives.”

Words 4 Weapons are also providing free ‘All I Need’ kits for those who contact their helpline, to help them make positive changes in their life.

The bin comes as figures from the Office for National Statistics last week showed that in South Yorkshire, the number of crimes recorded rose by nearly a third in 2017, making the region the fifth highest for crime stats of any force in England and Wales.

Knife crime itself rose by 27 percent from the previous year.

The funding of £4,460 provided the weapons bin and will pay for regular secure emptying and disposal of the knives.