Home Sec­re­tary plans to ban knives and acid sale

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

MEA­SURES to ban the sale of acid to un­der-18s and knives to chil­dren on­line in Halton are among a se­ries of leg­isla­tive changes in­cluded in a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on of­fen­sive weapons.

Home sec­re­tary Amber Rudd has un­veiled the plans, which would also re­strict ac­cess to dan­ger­ous firearms.

The pro­pos­als to be con­sulted in­clude cre­at­ing a new of­fence of pos­ses­sion of a cor­ro­sive sub­stance in pub­lic.

The on­line sale of knives would also be re­stricted so they can­not be de­liv­ered to a pri­vate res­i­den­tial ad­dress and must be col­lected at a place where age ID can be checked.

Ms Rudd also re­vealed plans for a new strat­egy to im­prove pub­lic safety and pre­vent vi­o­lent of­fend­ing, which will be pub­lished in early 2018.

A Home Of­fice spokesman said the new of­fence of pos­ses­sion of a cor­ro­sive sub­stance in pub­lic with­out a good or law­ful rea­son will place the onus on the in­di­vid­ual caught in pos­ses­sion to ex­plain why they were car­ry­ing it, rather than on the po­lice to prove it was in­tended for use as a weapon.

The Poi­sons Act will also be re­viewed with a view to in­clud­ing sul­phuric acid on the list of re­stricted sub­stances.

A re­cent Free­dom Of In­for­ma­tion re­quest sub­mit­ted by the Weekly News to Cheshire po­lice showed there were two in­ci­dents in Widnes in­volv­ing cor­ro­sive sub­stances in both 2016 and 2017 so far.

Though none of the in­ci­dents in­volved acid, po­lice con­firmed the in­ci­dents recorded in the town in­cluded clean­ing sub­stances such as bleach.

The two in­ci­dents re­ported in 2016 were classed as as­sault with in­jury.

Both in­ci­dents so far in 2017 have been classed as as­sault with­out in­jury.

No crimes of this type had been recorded in Run­corn.

Other mea­sures in­cluded in the con­sul­ta­tion are amend­ments to threat­en­ing with a knife or of­fen­sive weapon of­fence to lower the stan­dard of proof for prose­cu­tors, and up­dat­ing cur­rent leg­is­la­tion on the def­i­ni­tion of flick knives.

The pro­pos­als would also move two firearms – .50 cal­i­bre and cer­tain rapid fir­ing ri­fles – from the gen­eral li­cens­ing ar­range­ments to the stricter pro­vi­sions of sec­tion 5 of the Firearms Act 1968

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