POLICE gave short shrift to a woman with a stash of potentially dangerous weapons to get rid of.
Jenny Lockwood, of Honley, thought her sharp knives were highly dangerous and wanted to dispose of them safely.
She was worried that they could fall into the wrong hands, so she contacted the police.
She knew they often have highly-publicised knife amnesties where people can take them to police stations with no questions asked.
But Jenny said she was told by the police switchboard that they were too busy to deal with it.
They advised her to try a local police number or phone back later. She tried one of the numbers given, but a recorded message stated it allowed only outgoing calls.
She then turned to the council. A helpful official said all he could think of was to wrap the knives up and put them in the middle of the waste bin. He said he’d never been asked about knives before.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Our advice is to wrap up knives and other sharp implements carefully and put them in your own bin, or take them to a waste disposal site and put them in a scrap metal bin.”