Off the streets: knife amnesty yields lock knives, machetes, and 'nasty' umbrella sword

These potential weapons now won't be responsible for causing anyone any harm. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

More than 200 knives have been handed in to police in Devon and Cornwall during a knife amnesty held last week.

Officers called the variety of knives being handed in "staggering", but welcomed the fact that the potential weapons are no longer at risk of falling into the wrong hands.

A variety of swords and daggers were handed in. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Small pocket knives, illegal lock knives, commando and Nepalese kukri-type knives, along with a random assortment of knives found in a typical kitchen were all handed in - they will be destroyed in the coming weeks.

Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Weapons handed in included ornate fantasy-type knives, a variety of swords, machetes and even a nasty umbrella sword, where the handle pulls out to reveal a long spike, as used by the Penguin character in Batman.

Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police
Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Acting Detective Superintendent Ben Deer said: “I’m really pleased with the response we’ve had. Clearly people have taken this opportunity to hand these potentially dangerous items in which will now be safely destroyed.

Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

The week-long amnesty was prompted by the recent law, which forbids the sale or importing of 'zombie knives'.

However, no actual zombie-type knives were handed in.