London knife crime: Plan to ban sale of BLADES to stem bloodbath

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The Government wants to bring in a new law that would make it illegal for knives that are sold to be shipped to a residential address.

Instead, anyone purchasing a blade would have to collect it in-person so their ID can be checked.

But business owners have slammed the Offensive Weapons bill as over-the-top and unnecessary.

Founder of G&S Specialist Timber, Garry Stevenson, warned a ban would hit retailers hard as they would be unable to sell blades to knife hobbyists.

He told In Cumbria: “If this comes in we can still send tools to business addresses but won’t be able to supply to private customers such as hobbyists.

“It seems to me to be a bit of a knee-jerk reaction. I can’t imagine anyone buying a carving tool to carry out knife crime. They don’t bend or fold and are awkward to carry around.

“A ban on online sales would have a detrimental impact on my company.”

The ban plan comes as recent figures revealed knife crime in the UK has peaked, with blade attacks at their highest level since 2010.

Ministry of Justice data shows 21,100 knife crimes were dealt with by courts in the year ending June 2018.

Yet just 36% of offenders received an immediate custodial sentence and shockingly, 11% were let off with just a caution.

Justice Minister, Rory Stewart, said: “Knife crime is horrifying – it causes catastrophic damage to families with tragic consequences.

“We need sentences that punish anyone who commits knife crime and deters anyone from doing it in the future.

“These figures show we are catching and prosecuting more of those carrying a blade, and we are sending them to prison for longer.”



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