Police discovered a samurai sword and a ‘zombie knife’ while executing a court order. Officers carried out the raid on a home in Newark around 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22.
Several knives were discovered inside the property during the warrant, which followed reports of possible criminal activity. Among the blades discovered were a samurai sword and a zombie-style knife, both of which are illegal to keep in a private location or sell in the UK.
It is also now illegal for anyone to have brass knuckles, throwing stars, friction sticks, disguised knives or daggers, under the Offensive Weapons Act, which took effect on July 14, 2021. The law change means collectors of These types of weapons, all of which are also illegal to carry in public, now risk facing a prison sentence if they are caught hiding them in their homes.
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Nottinghamshire Police’s Newark and Sherwood Operation Reacher team carried out the specific warrant in Newark.
Sergeant Mike Taylor, the team sergeant, said: “As a result of this proactive order, we have been able to move two dangerous weapons out of our communities, where they could have caused considerable damage.
“There is absolutely no reason for anyone to have these types of offensive weapons in their homes; in fact, this has been a criminal offense for over 18 months. People should already be aware of this change in the law, so pleading ignorance is not a valid excuse and certainly will not be accepted as a defense if someone finds themselves in court.
“Our investigations are still ongoing into this incident so we are asking anyone with information that may help us to call the police on 101, quoting the incident 23000173957. People can also report information anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111”.
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