Blades ranging from a First World War bayonet to kitchen knives – and even a can opener – have been surrendered to Thames Valley Police as part of a week-long amnesty.
A total of 47 knives were handed in to 16 police stations across the Thames Valley during the week beginning July 17 as part of Operation Sceptre.
It comes as figures show knife crime increased by 32 per cent across the region between April 1, 2016 and March 31 this year compared to the previous 12 months.
Possession offences also rose by 27 per cent in that period.
Chief Inspector Helen Roberts, who is responsible for Operation Sceptre, said: “You are four times more likely to be the victim of knife crime if you carry a knife.
“People feel a sense of being invincible when they carry a knife, which is not the case, and they make risky decisions as a result of putting themselves in dangerous situations.
“We are working hard to continue delivering a number of proactive and reactive activities to reduce knife crime in the Thames Valley.”
As well as the knives, a potato peeler, bottle opener and a pair of children’s scissors were also handed in as part of the amnesty.