Hello and hi. A ban on the sale of ‘zombie knives’ is set to come into force in England and Wales, later this week. Scotland makes their own laws. Inspired by horror films, the curved bladed with serrated edges are often sold as collectors’ items-but police here in the UK say they are increasingly being carried by criminals. Safeguarding minister, Sarah Newton said the ban would “keep communities safe. ” Well, yes, I certainly hope so. Why was this not done sooner? Too busy with BREXIT, I suppose.
These knives are sold under brand names like “head splitter” or “zombie killer” and can be bought on the internet for as little as £8 ($10.34). The new legislation, banning the sale, manufacture, rental or importation of zombie knives will take effect on Thursday. Anyone caught breaking the law will face up to FOUR years in prison.
What are ‘zombie knives’?
In April, 17 year old Blaise Lewinson was convicted of manslaughter after stabbing teenager Stefan Appleton to death with a zombie knife in Islington, North London. The knife used is pictured above.
Following the conviction, the Metropolitan Police issued the following guidance about “zombie knives”:
- There is no specific shape or style, but they are very ornate and intended to shock
- In varying lengths and often with a serrated edge, the knives carry logos or words that glamorise and promote violence
- They can cause greater damage due to their size
- They are being sold as collectors’ items online and in some shops
Further, Newton said that zombie killer knives “glamorise violence, cause devastating damage and have no place whatsoever in our society”.
Knife crime statistics
We do have a knife problem in the UK but overall, across England and Wales, there has been a 12% decrease in knife crime offences in the last 5 years. However, the latest data from the Office for National Statistics shows offences were up last year-as there were 28, 662 incidents across the country in 2015-16, a 10% rise on the previous 12 months.
In addition, there were 214 suspected homicides in England and Wales where a knife or sharp instrument was used in 2015-16. The total number of deaths has varied between 187 and 238 in the past 5 years.
Source: Met Police/ONS
The danger of banning these knives makes them more desirable. However, it makes them more difficult to get ahold of. So there’s the silver lining I guess. Gun’s are not so prevalent here in the UK-but they do exist. Further, with bullet or gunshot wounds, at least there is an entrance and exit wound. But with knives you just bleed out, and die. Sorry to be such a ‘Debbie Downer’ on a Monday but this is an important issue. Knowledge is power, people. Be safe out there.