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OP SCEPTRE WEEK

Alert message sent 12/03/2019 13:48:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


OP SCEPTRE

The intention is to take dangerous knives off of the streets.

You may think the rest won't apply to you but in fact it does. Please see the information below to help you not make the mistake of taking an illegal knife out in the public.

Can I carry a lock knife?
Lock knives are not classed as folding knives and are illegal to carry in public without good reason. Lock knives:
  • have blades that can be locked and refolded only by pressing a button
  • can include multi-tool knives - tools that also contain other devices such as a screwdriver or can opener
What about antique or traditional knives?
It is illegal to bring into the UK, sell, lend, hire or give anyone a sword – including samurai sword – with a curved blade over 50cm. There are some exceptions, such as antiques and swords made to traditional methods before 1954.
 
TRADEMAN?
Can I carry a knife for work?
The law recognise that there are certain trades and types of employment that require an employee, workman or member of staff to possess an knife or an object which can, in certain circumstances, be considered an offensive weapon.
It would be up to you to defend an allegation of possessing a blade by arguing that the knife is a tool of your trade.
Stanley knives are a common tool in the working environment, as is a knife for a chef.
 A folding pocket knife which has a blade which is less than 3 inches in length can legally be carried.

WORK IN OR RUN A SHOP?
What are the laws around selling knives?
It is an offence to sell the following to anyone:
  • flick-knives, gravity knives, belt buckle knives
  • swordsticks containing a blade
  • push daggers, butterfly knives
  • kyotetsu shoge (a rope, cord or chain fastened to a hooked knife)
  • hand and foot claws, hollow kybatan with spikes, shuriken or death star
  • kusari gam a (a rope, cord, wire or chain fastened at one end to a sickle)
The law doesn’t apply to:
  • folding pocket knives if the cutting edge of the blade is less than 7.62cm (three inches)
  • replacement cartridges for safety razors, where less than 2mm of the blade is exposed
It is an offence to sell the following to anyone under 18:
  • any knife, knife blade or razor blade
  • any axe
  • any other article that has a blade or is sharply pointed and is made or adapted for use for causing injury to the person
It is an offence to advertise a knife in a way that:
  • suggests it is suitable for combat, for use as a weapon for inflicting injury or causing fear of injury to the person
OR
  • is likely to encourage violent behaviour using the knife as a weapon
There are exemptions to allow sales of such items for legitimate purposes, such as for use by armed forces, as antiques or as collectors' pieces.


WHERE CAN I DISPOSE OF AN UNWANTED KNIFE?
  1. We no longer accept knives at the Police Station.
  2. The local waste recycling centre will be able to take unwanted knives
Message sent by
Lee Haywood (Police, PCSO, Waterlooville)

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