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‘Zombie knives and machetes’ to be outlawed

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The dangerous ‘machetes and zombie knives’ closely associated with gang violence could be outlawed in England and Wales under government plans to empower police to seize them and bring more serious prosecutions.

Manufacturers are designing blades that are for ‘threatening’ and ‘harmful’ purposes that are not currently prohibited. Under the proposals they would be outlawed, according to the Home Office.

These ‘zombie knives’ were initially banned in 2016 but manufacturers have circumvented these laws by altering designs and significantly rebranding, calling their products ‘hunting’ or ‘fantasy’ knives.

Although some of these bladed items are used in legitimate contexts, such as gardening, criminals are ‘

While some machetes and similar knives can have ‘legitimate uses’, such as in gardening, criminals are ‘buying, selling and using larger bladed articles as weapons to intimidate and cause others serious harm’, the Home Office warned.

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These knives have ‘no practical use’ according to the Home Office //SWNS

Home Secretary Suella Braverman said: ‘The thugs wielding these deadly knives aim to terrorise their victims and the public, and too often even carry out horrific or fatal attacks. They are emboldened by the cowardly idea that carrying these blades inflates their own status and respect.

‘This can’t go on. These plans seek to give the police greater powers to seize and destroy these weapons and impose harsher penalties on the criminals selling them, keeping them off our streets and making communities safer.’

Current legislation outlaws possessing such knives in public but they can be kept in private, meaning police officers do not have the power to seize them even if they are certain they could be used for future violence.

The government is also considering plans to introduce an offence for ‘carrying a knife with the intent to cause harm or injury’. They’ve said they would ‘tightly define’ the knives to be banned.

Patrick Green, chief executive of anti-knife crime charity the Ben Kinsella Trust said: ‘These weapons have no legitimate purpose and only serve to glamorise violence and intimidate others.

‘They are often used by gangs and criminals to inflict serious harm and create fear on our streets. By taking them off the streets, we will reduce the risk of serious violence and save lives.’

Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, said that ‘such machetes and zombie knives should have been banned years ago’.

‘Knife crime devastates lives and rips apart communities and the Government must do all it can to prevent it. Sadly, the Conservatives have dragged their heels and are only launching a consultation,’ the Labour MP said.

Metropolitan Police Detective Chief Inspector Linda Bradley said: ‘I cannot help but reflect that large knives and machetes being sold online is open to abuse and lamentably continues to be a risk to the public.’

Nearly 40% of all killings in England and Wales utilize a knife or bladed weapon.

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