Cleveland Police have welcomed a ban on the sale of ‘zombie knives’ which comes into effect on Thursday in an attempt to prevent knife related crime and to stop the glamorisation of violence.
Zombie knives are extremely dangerous and can be up to two feet long with a serrated edge. The change in legislation has come into place after an amendment to the Criminal Justice Act 1988, prohibiting the sale, manufacture, rental or importation of zombie knives.
Neighbourhood Police Superintendent John Lyons said: “The ban on zombie knives is a step in the right direction to prevent knife crime and to stop violence in our communities.
“There is no reason why anyone should be in possession of a zombie knife as their only purpose is to threaten, harm or kill.
“It’s our job as police officers to keep people in our communities safe and the change in legislation to ban these knives gives us a helping hand to stop them being sold in our area and across the country.
“Anyone caught in possession of a zombie knife or caught selling them could face a lengthy time in prison.”
The ban applies to England and Wales and the legislation is expected to be introduced in Northern Ireland.
If you know of anyone selling zombie knives or know of anyone in possession of one, please contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency 101 number, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.