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GOVERNMENT ACTS TO TACKLE MENACE OF COMBAT KNIVES

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Tough new laws aimed at tackling the menace of combat knives and the 'knife culture' have come into force, under pa...
Tough new laws aimed at tackling the menace of combat knives and the 'knife culture' have come into force, under part of the Knives Act 1997 which bans the aggressive marketing of knives.

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

are:

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.

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