Zombie Knives and the law
It has been announced in the news recently that there is due to be a law introduced to ban the sale of “Zombie Knives”.
A “Zombie Knife” is a knife inspired by horror films and often have intricately designed curved blades. “Zombie Knives” are often sold as collectors’ items or decorative pieces but there has been a rise in reports of knife crimes involving this type of knife.
In May 2016 a teenager was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to life imprisonment after slabbing another teenager to death with a “Zombie Knife”. The victim’s mother said she was shocked when she first learnt what a “Zombie Knife” was and that she felt it glamorised violence. Sarah Newton, Home Office Minister, said they can clearly cause devastating damage and “have no place in society”.
After this incident, the Metropolitan Police issued the following guidance on “Zombie Knives”:
- There is no specific shape or style, but they are very ornate and intended to shock with varying lengths and often with a serrated edge.
- The knives are often adorned with logos or words that glamorise and promote violence
- “Zombie Knives” can cause greater damage due to their size and length.
The new law banning the sale of “Zombie Knives” is due to come into force on the 18th August 2016 and it will ban the sale, manufacture, rental or importation of zombie knives. If anyone is found guilty of this crime they can be sentenced to up to four years imprisonment.
Morris Bright, of the Local Government Association (LGA), supports the new legislation and has said:
“Zombie knives have only one purpose – to threaten, injure or kill someone – and this ban, which the LGA has called for, will help reduce the number of lethal blades in society and stop online retailers unwittingly fuelling criminal activity which can lead to tragedy.”
Not everyone is in support of this legislation. Many knife collectors are unsupportive of the law change as they view the knives as decorative and ornate and have no criminal intention.
The full impact of this law is yet to be explored and will soon become apparent upon its enforcement on the 18th August 2016.
At Emery Johnson Astills we have a criminal team who regularly deal with a variety of knife crime. Should you or anyone you know need help in relation to knife crime or any other type of crime then please contact Emery Johnson Astills Crime Department at our Leicester office on 0116 2554855 or our Loughborough Office on 01509 610312.