A TOWN centre businessman who has taken hundreds of knives off the street through his amnesty bin has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award.

Mitchell Cavill is the owner of Vape Store and Bargains Galore on Regent Street South and for the last three years has had a weapons amnesty bin inside his shop.

A number of people would occasionally drop off knives inside to Mitchell but since the arrival of his new bin - delivered to him by campaigner and author Ant Olaseinde, who strives to stop knife crime - he has seen blades longer than ten inches, as well as butchers’ cleavers and serrated knives.

The amnesty bin has been situated outside his shop for a number of months, and Mitchell believes he’s had around 200 knives in total.

“It’s doing really well,” Mitchell said.

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“It’s all about getting some knives off of the streets and the police are getting on board with it as well now.

“We’ve got about 200 knives so far - it has slowed down a bit but we were getting around five to ten every week.

“I never expected it to go as well as it has done - even if we managed to get just one knife then it would have done its job.”

Upon hearing of his nomination in the Community Hero category, Mitchell added: “It’s brilliant - it’s really surprised me.

“It’s nice to see people are still taking notice of it and it’s good that it’s got people talking.”