Knife box installed in Omagh
FERMANAGH and Omagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) have installed a new weapons delivery bin in Omagh to dispose of knives, blades and sharp objects.
The bin, located at the Gortrush Recycling Center, was introduced as part of efforts to tackle local knife crime.
The local PSNI district commander, Superintendent Alywin Barton, said his officers have dealt with a number of incidents over the past year where people have used knives to inflict serious injuries on others.
âIn these incidents, the victims were incredibly lucky not to lose their lives. I encourage the use of these bins as a method of safe knife disposal, but above all as an opportunity to make the communities of Fermanagh and Omagh a safer place, âadded the Superintendent.
Councilor Keith Elliott, chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh PPCP, said the decision to introduce the gun disposal bin is part of an effort to tackle violence – providing people with a place to dispose of safely , secure and anonymous knives that could be used as weapons to potentially cause damage or loss of life.
Mr Elliott explained, âThese trash cans provide a legal and safe way for people to dispose of knives they shouldn’t be carrying and any knives collected in the trash cans will be destroyed. Every knife put in a surrender bin is potentially a life saved. Knives can ruin the lives of individuals, families and entire communities. If you have a knife or gun, or know someone who has, I highly recommend that you throw it in one of the new trash cans.
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Posted: 4:38 PM Aug 25, 2021