Police in Inverness have seized around 200 sets of kitchen knives in a series of vehicle searches across the city .
Acting on reports from the public about people offering items for sale on doorsteps on Wednesday, officers carried out three searches in different locations.
As a result, scores of knife sets and other kitchen equipment was seized.
Ten people – eight men between 18 and 60 and two women aged 46 and 16 – have been charged in connection with the recoveries.
They will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal for licensing offences.
Constable Michael Clark, from the Flexible Policing Team, said: “I’m grateful to the numerous members of the public who reported their concerns which allowed to take action.
“We are liaising with our partners in Trading Standards as part of an ongoing enquiry following these recoveries.
“I would take the opportunity to remind people not to deal with people who arrive on their doorsteps unannounced offering goods or services.
“Always be sure of who you are dealing with and report any concerns to Police Scotland on 101.”
Mark McGinty, Highland Council’s Trading Standards Team Leader added: “You should never agree to pay for goods or give money to strangers who arrive at your door.
“If someone visits you and you think they’re a doorstep criminal, then phone the police on 101.”