Ruth Mitchell

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Surrendered weapons offered to Royal Armouries

Weapons including a 19th Century French bayonet, a First World War combat knife and an officer’s ceremonial sword bearing Edward V11’s logo have been collected by Cleveland police during the recent national knife amnesty. 928 weapons were given up in total, of which the majority will be melted down at a local foundry. The more unusual items - including cavalry and Samurai swords, bayonets from the Korean War and World War II and a Ghurkha’s Kukri – will be saved and be offered to the Royal Armouries at Leeds. Chief Insp Ciaron Irvine, said: “Despite having a force-wide amnesty late last year which generated a large amount of weapons, it is still surprising what items are lying around peoples’ homes. “The majority we have collected have been destroyed – melted down at a local foundry, but there are things which have an historical interest.” More than 100,000 weapons in total were were handed to police across the UK during the five-week amnesty.

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