A knife amnesty begins today across Devon, Cornwall and Dorset.
From Tuesday 18 September to Friday 21 September, people can get rid of the knives and "bladed items" they don't want without facing prosecution.
Any type of knife, including illegal “zombie” knives, swords, kitchen knives, illegal lock knives, unwanted collectibles, replicas and ceremonial items, can be dropped off.
It is all part of a national week of action driven by the Home Office, which aims to combat and raise awareness of knife crime.
Knives can be dropped off in collection bins at the following stations:
- Blandford station
- Bournemouth station
- Poole station
- Weymouth station
- Bodmin station
- St Austell station
- Camborne station
- Plymouth station, Crownhill
- Plymouth station, Charles Cross
- Barnstaple station, North Walk
- Exeter station, Heavitree Road
- Torquay station
Information on basic laws on knives, banned knives and weapons and legitimate reasons for carrying a knife can be found on the Government’s website here: www.gov.uk/buying-carrying-knives
Advice for young people aged 11-14 about carrying weapons can be found here: www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/youth/11-14/yrspace/weapons