POLICE holding a weapons amnesty were stunned after a man handed in Clint Eastwood's MP40 machine gun he used in the film 'Where Eagles Dare'.

Officers say the prop German sub-machine gun was dropped at Bridgwater police station by an unnamed male who worked in the film industry.

He told cops the MP40 sub-machine gun was used by Eastwood in the movie while he was disguised as a Nazi.

It was handed into Bridgwater Police Station in Somerset.

The force received 220 weapons in the amnesty, which started on November 13 and ended on November 26.

Bridgwater Mercury:

Richard Vise evidential property and stores manager, said: "A man walked into the station claiming to work in the film industry.

''He said the machine gun was used by Clint Eastwood in Where Eagles Dare. He said it was a prop which we have since confirmed. It could be valuable.''

Mr Vise added that the majority of guns will be destroyed.

Bridgwater Mercury:

More interesting items including the Eastwood gun will go to the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

Twelve WWII handguns - including a Colt .45, Walther P38 and Russian semi-automatic Tokarev - were also collected by Avon and Somerset police.