Hundreds of weapons have been handed in to amnesty bins across the county.

Gloucestershire Constabulary have been taking part in a national weapon surrender known as Operation Sceptre.

Seven amnesty bins were set up across the county, including in Stow, and in just two week, hundreds of potentially dangerous items have been surrendered.

Chief Inspector Carl Bourne said: "I'd like to thank the public for their support during this campaign.

“We are confident that we have started a conversation in many households about weapon ownership and knife crime.

“The vast majority of the knives that were handed in are now classified as illegal to possess in your home address after a recent change in the law. Some items that fall into this category are; butterfly knives, disguised knives, flick knives, zombie knives and swords.

“Any number of weapons put in the bins is a success. Every single one is taken off our streets and now won't be causing any potential danger.

“The knife surrender is over but our work isn't. We will continue to work hard to prevent violent crimes in Gloucestershire."

Cotswold Journal: Some of the knives collected by Gloucestershire ConstabularySome of the knives collected by Gloucestershire Constabulary

All the weapons handed in will now be destroyed.

The full list of items handed in is as follows:

• 317 knives of various types

• 3 batons

• 1 nunchucks4

• 4 shotguns

• 3 imitation firearms

• 1 air weapon

• An unspecified number of ammunition rounds


Cotswold Journal: Firearms were also handed in to the policeFirearms were also handed in to the police