Sword among knives collected

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A homemade walking stick sword and illegal flick knives were among hundreds of weapons handed in during a county-wide police knife amnesty.

Nottinghamshire Police put the weapons on display this week after allowing people to drop knives off at police stations for a week with no questions asked.

Besides the flick knives and sword, hidden in a hollowed-out wooden stick, the 278 blades given up included five meat cleavers, samurai swords, dozens of kitchen knives, and even a pizza cutter.

Assistant Chief Constable Simon Torr said: “It’s been a great success because it’s at least 278 less knives around that could be used to cause serious injury, so it is definitely worth doing.”

Cops encouraged people who carried a knife to get rid of it in the run up to Christmas.

‘Amnesty bins’ were placed in several police stations, including Eastwood.

Sgt Andy Browning said there had been 24 people injured with a knife in the Eastwood and Kimberley area between April and December last year.

The maximum penalty for an adult carrying an illegal knife is four years in prison and a fine of £5,000.

If you know someone who carries a knife call Notts Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.