Amended 'zombie knives' law to come into force
The amended law banning the sale of 'zombie knives'
comes into force this week.
Following a successful year-long campaign by West Midlands
Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, anyone who
manufactures, sells, hires, imports or lends a 'zombie knife' is
committing a crime from Thursday and faces four years behind bars
and/or a fine.
The brutal blades can be up to 2ft long and have names such as
Apocalypse Head Decapitator and Death Dagger. Parliament said there
had been a 'groundswell of revulsion and disgust' at the weapons
and their availability.
The new law was passed on July 18 via Statutory Instrument, adding
the weapons to Section 141 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David
Jamieson said: "This is a real achievement and shows
what powerful changes PCCs can make.
"Our streets will be safer following this change in the law. With
names such as Head Splitter and Death Dagger, no sensible person
wants to see 'zombie knives' in circulation and now, after a year
of hard work, we will finally see them banned once and for
"Strong and swift action here means the sale and importation of
these weapons has been outlawed before they became a widespread
problem. I am proud of this achievement and welcome the change to
the law wholeheartedly."
During his campaign, the Commissioner met with former Shadow
Policing Minister Jack Dromey and ex-Home Office Minister and now
Cabinet Minister Karen Bradley MP in Westminster, pointing out the
dangers of 'zombie knives' and their growing prevalence on the
streets. He also wrote to then-Home Secretary Theresa May and
Amazon UK CEO Chris North, which resulted in security being
tightened on the website. Questions were also tabled in Parliament
by local West Midlands MP Ian Austin in February 2016.
During the committee meeting, Opposition Frontbencher Carolyn
Harris said: "We all take great pride in this victory as the
Labour PCC for the West Midlands David Jamieson has campaigned for
them to be outlawed for some considerable time.
"'Zombie knives' are sold as collectors' items but are
predominately used by streets gangs. No reasonable person wants
them available to the public."
The committee also mentioned the death of
18-year-old Stefan Appleton, who was stabbed in the chest and
leg with a 'Zombie Killer' machete in a London park.
Seventeen-year-old Blaise Lewinson is now serving a minimum of
nine years for manslaughter.
Home Office Minister Sarah Newton said: "The crimes in my
portfolio are way too important for party politics
so I would also like to pay tribute to the PCC for the West
Midlands in his campaign to have 'zombie knives' prohibited.
"There has been a groundswell of revulsion and disgust at how
easily available these weapons are."
Following Mr Jamieson's visit to Westminster earlier this
year, Prime Minister Theresa May said of 'zombie knives':
"There can be no legitimate reason for anybody to need one of