A knife amnesty is running at Barnstaple Police Station throughout this week until Friday.

People can dispose of unwanted knives and bladed items at designated police stations without fear of prosecution.

Knives of any description can be dropped in, including illegal ‘zombie’ knives and swords, kitchen knives, illegal lock knives, unwanted collectibles, replicas and ceremonial items.

Devon and Cornwall Police is supporting a national week of action as part of the ongoing Home Office Operation Sceptre, with the aims of combating knife crime and raising awareness.

Superintendent Matt Lawler said: “Here in Devon and Cornwall we do not have the extent of knife crime reported in some major metropolitan areas of the country.

“However we are supporting this weeks’ national knife amnesty as part of our ongoing local approach to focussing upon prevention, as any knife taken out of circulation and off the street helps to prevent injuries and deaths.”

“Carrying a knife or bladed article is not only illegal but incredibly dangerous.

“Our message is therefore simple: No good can come from carrying a knife.”

Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez added: “There is absolutely no reason why people should be carrying knives.

“This amnesty gives people the chance to think carefully about whether they want to carry a weapon that would land them with a serious penalty if they were caught with it and inflict devastating injuries if used.

“I’d urge anyone who carries a knife as a weapon to take advantage of this opportunity to dispose of it safely.”

The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is four years in prison and an unlimited fine. You’ll get a prison sentence if you’re convicted of carrying a knife more than once.

Guidance 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 .