Man told cops 'Legend of Zelda sword' with six inch blade was his 'fidget toy'

An armed man told police his 'Legend of Zelda game' replica sword was his 'fidget toy'. Anthony Bray was caught on camera by CCTV operators walking walking down Queens Road, Nuneaton with 'something in his hand.'

Police were called and the 48-year-old approached officers with the item in his hand visible, at which point he was arrested. Bray claimed that the sword was a “fidget” – something to keep his hands busy.

He told officers he had bought it online as a fidget toy. But the knife was a replica of the Master Sword from the Legend of Zelda games, which had a six inch blade.

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This blade was inside a sheath and could be released from the sheath with the press of a button. Warwickshire Police say officers tried to explain to the 48-year-old that, despite its intended purpose, it could be used as a weapon and might put others in fear of it being used against them.

Despite admitting that it could be perceived as threatening if someone else saw it, police say that the Jodrell Street resident insisted during his interview that he would not have used it as a weapon.

Having been charged with being in possession of a bladed article in public, Bray was sentenced at Leamington Spa Magistrates Court on June 28 to four months in prison.

He has also been told to pay a victims’ surcharge of £154. Sgt Spellman of the Patrol Investigations Unit said “We take a zero tolerance to bladed articles in public, and Bray has fallen afoul of this. It is possible to find fidget toys that aren’t six-inch blades. It is possible not to walk down the street holding them out in front of you.

"With a bit more self-awareness, Bray could have avoided contact with us completely."

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