Crackdown on zom­bie knives

Min­is­ter says banned curved blade weapons ‘glam­ourise vi­o­lence’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­

MET­RO­POL­I­TAN Po­lice will join the na­tion­wide crackdown on zom­bie knives as leg­is­la­tion is set to ban sales by the end of the week.

The curved blade knife, which was once more of a col­lec­tors’ item, is now in­creas­ingly be­ing car­ried by crim­i­nals, ac­cord­ing to the Home Of­fice.

The knives can have cut­ting blades of up to 25 inches, have a ser­rated edge and in­clude images or words that ‘glam­or­ise vi­o­lence’.

New laws laid down on Thurs­day Au­gust 18 will ban the sale, man­u­fac­ture, rental or im­por­ta­tion of the knives and any­one caught do­ing so could face up to four years in prison.

Min­is­ter for Vul­ner­a­bil­ity, Safe­guard­ing and Coun­ter­ing Ex­trem­ism, Sarah New­ton, said: “This gov­ern­ment will act wher­ever nec­es­sary to cut crime and keep our com­mu­ni­ties safe.

“Zom­bie killer knives glam­or­ise vi­o­lence and cause dev­as­tat­ing dam­age – they have no place what­so­ever in our so­ci­ety.

“We are com­mit­ted to ban­ning the sale, man­u­fac­ture and im­por­ta­tion of these dan­ger­ous weapons.

“With the ban now be­com­ing law, we were de­liv­er­ing on our com­mitt­ment. Any­one caught mak­ing or sell­ing zom­bie knives now faces up to four years in prison.”

The new law comes in ad­di­tion to gov­ern­ment ac­tion to ad­dress knife crime through an agree­ment with re­tail­ers com­mit­ting to reg­u­lar staff train­ing, safely dis­play­ing and se­curely pack­ag­ing knives.

There will also be a push to raise pub­lic aware­ness of age re­stric­tions, and mak­ing sure ro­bust age ver­i­fi­ca­tion checks for knife sales take place, whether in-store or on­line.

The news comes after a series of fa­tal stab­bings in west Lon­don, lead­ing to un­ease in sev­eral com­mu­ni­ties.

Chief Con­sta­ble Alf Hitch­cock, Na­tional Po­lice Chiefs’ Coun­cil Lead for Knife En­abled Crime, said: “Zom­bie knives are ab­so­lutely hor­rific weapons.

“Forces are de­ter­mined to re­duce the harm caused by these and all other dan­ger­ous weapons.

“There is no place for knife crime within so­ci­ety and this ban is fur­ther com­mit­ment to keep­ing com­mu­ni­ties safe.”

n ‘HOR­RIFIC’: One of the zom­bie knives con­fis­cated

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