You knew this was coming. As U.K. bans on weapons grow stricter, crime doesn't decline, it just gets more creative. Three guys with swords robbed a gas (sorry, "petrol") station in Lancashire on Sunday:

Police were shocked by the degree of violence in the robbery, which netted the raiders £250 in cash and cigarettes.

Sgt Andy Lawless, of Blackpool police's robbery squad, said: "The man working in the garage has received a nasty cut to the back of his head which required several staples in it at hospital.

"At first the guy behind the till has had a go back and tried to fight off the offenders, possibly not realising at that stage the swords are real."