Leighton knife store’s marketing could ‘stimulate violent behaviour’

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An online knife store in Leighton Buzzard has been ordered by police not to advertise weapons as ‘suitable for combat’.

Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU)took the action against Knife Warehouse/Blade Bargains which sells weapons such as KombatUK Special Ops Tactical Knife, All Black Throwing Axe & Sheath and Deluxe Rambo IV Machete.

The ERSOU Enforcement Team, which comprises officers from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex, arrested the owner of the store last week and he was interviewed at Luton Police Station. The owner admitted that he had breached Section 1 of the Knives Act 1997.

He was given a conditional caution and ordered to comply with the following conditions within seven days:

> To remove all items from ‘blade bargains’ and ‘the knife warehouse’ that are marketed in a way which suggests that they are suitable for combat or that are likely to stimulate violent behaviour.

> For future sales of knives, the defendant must not make any reference to the knife being suitable for combat. It must also not contain any terms such as ‘combat’, ‘military’, ‘tactical’, or ‘SAS/PARA’.

> Not to market any knives which suggest that they are suitable for combat or that are likely to stimulate violent behaviour on any different websites.

> Not to market any knives which are being sold as antique or curio in a way which suggests that they are suitable for combat or that are likely to stimulate violent behaviour.

Det Chief Insp Neil Ballard said: “This was an unusual case, potentially the first caution issued under the legislation, and shows the breadth of powers we can use to stop dangerous weapons from falling into the wrong hands.

“Knives are incredibly dangerous and we will not tolerate marketing which glamorises such weapons or encourages people to buy them for ‘combat’.”

Anyone with any information about knife crime should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.