Making people safe - cracking down on zombie knives and machetes
Today the government announced plans to crackdown on zombie knives and machetes - protecting the public from these awful weapons while punishing the criminals who use them.
Getting the law right on knives is challenging, because some types of knives have so many legitimate uses - for example even kitchen knives, which are an essential tool for preparing food, can be extremely dangerous when misused. But there are knives in circulation which were designed from the word go not as tools but as weapons.
- Many of these deadly knives are used in horrific attacks and to terrorise their victims and the public. Their ready availability online means they are increasingly common on our streets.
- That is why the government has today launched a seven-week consultation to crackdown on zombie knives, which will look at giving the police greater powers to seize and destroy these weapons and impose harsher penalties on the criminals selling them.
- These steps will help to make our streets safer for everyone - reducing the number of appalling attacks while punishing those responsible.