The Knives Act now makes it an offence to advertise a knife or offer it for sale in a way which suggests it could be used for combat or to encourage violent behaviour. The maximum penalty for this new offence will be six months in prison and/or a£5,000 fine.
The controls are aimed at ensuring that knives, which can cause serious or fatal injuries, are not offered for sale or marketed in a way which appears to encourage or condone violence.
Other provisions within the Knives Act which come into force today
Powers for the courts to issue a warrant for the police to enter the premises of someone suspected of marketing knives for aggressive use; Powers for the courts to order the forfeiture of knives or publications by a person convicted of the offence.
-- The Knives Act received Royal Assent on 19 March.