Police ‘justified’ in killing man – BBC News

Posted April 3rd, 2008 in news, offensive weapons, police by sally

“A man shot dead by police as he brandished a sword was justifiably killed, an inquest jury has ruled.”

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BBC News, 2nd April 2008

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Plan to prevent violent crime includes hundreds of knife detectors for police – The Guardian

Posted February 19th, 2008 in news, offensive weapons, police by sally

“One hundred mobile metal detector arches and 400 search wands are to be provided to the police to screen people going into knife crime hotspots, including pubs, nightclubs and football grounds, under the government’s violent crime action plan published yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 19th February 2008

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Fear factor leading teenagers to carry weapons, says report – The Guardian

Posted February 14th, 2008 in children, news, offensive weapons by sally

“Teenagers are increasingly arming themselves with weapons to protect themselves against attacks in the street, according to a report by a leading children’s rights advocate.”

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The Guardian, 14th February 2008

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Now it’s the age of the knife – The Independent

Posted February 4th, 2008 in offensive weapons, special report, young offenders by sally

“One in six murders committed in Britain in 2007 has resulted in the conviction or arrest of a teenager, research by The Independent on Sunday reveals. The figures, gathered by a poll of every police authority in the country, come as statistics from the Ministry of Justice indicate an alarming rise in the number of young people carrying knives, leading to accusations that the Labour government has failed an entire generation.”

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The Independent, 3rd February 2008

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Man armed with axe during visit by Queen jailed for six years – The Guardian

Posted January 30th, 2008 in ASBOs, news, offensive weapons, sentencing by sally

“An ‘angry and aggressive’ man who was arrested carrying an axe in a crowd waiting for Queen Elizabeth was jailed for a total of six years today.”

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The Guardian, 29th January 2008

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Youth gangs triple child murder rate – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 28th, 2008 in children, firearms, murder, news, offensive weapons by sally

“Murders of children by other children have tripled in three years, as more of the nation’s youth get drawn into a deadly world of guns and knives.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th January 2008

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Knife scanners at school gates to curb attacks – The Observer

Posted January 21st, 2008 in news, offensive weapons, school children by sally

“Airport-style metal detectors will be installed at hundreds of school gates under sweeping measures to confront the growing problem of teenage knife crime.”

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The Observer, 20th January 2008

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Government crackdown on knife crime in cities – The Times

Posted January 14th, 2008 in news, offensive weapons by sally

“Anyone caught carrying a blade will be prosecuted and will not be allowed to escape with a caution under a crackdown on knife crime promised by Gordon Brown.”

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The Times, 14th January 2008

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Smith to outline new police drive to tackle knife crime – The Independent

Posted January 9th, 2008 in firearms, news, offensive weapons by sally

“Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, is to order a police drive against knife and gun crime following several attacks since the start of the year.”

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The Independent, 9th January 2008

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Call for tough knife laws after teen death – The Guardian

Posted January 7th, 2008 in news, offensive weapons by sally

“Senior officer urges mandatory jail terms after second death in six days.”

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The Guardian, 6th January 2008

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Regina v R (Gloves, Offensive weapon) – Times Law Reports

Posted January 3rd, 2008 in law reports, offensive weapons by sally

Regina v R (Gloves, Offensive weapon)

Court of Appeal

“Leather gloves with a padding of lead/sand over the knuckle area were capable in law of being an offensive weapon.”

The Times, 3rd January 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Knife crime plans ‘may not work’ – BBC News

Posted December 19th, 2007 in news, offensive weapons by sally

“Measures to cut knife crime may not work because nobody knows if the problem is genuinely getting better or worse, experts have warned.”

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BBC News,  19th December 2007

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Series of attacks prompts ban on imitation samurai swords – The Guardian

Posted December 13th, 2007 in news, offensive weapons by sally

“Imitation samurai swords are to be banned in the UK following a series of high-profile attacks, the government announced yesterday. The curved, single-edged Japanese blades, available for as little as £35 on UK websites, have been involved in about 80 serious crimes in England and Wales in recent years, including at least five deaths.”

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The Guardian, 13th December 2007

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Knife crime every 24 minutes – The Independent

Posted October 29th, 2007 in crime, news, offensive weapons, violence by sally

“One offence involving a knife is committed every 24 minutes of the day, new figures from 37 police forces revealed last night.”

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The Independent, 28th October 2007

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Knifed to death over a mobile phone, London’s 20th teenage murder victim – The Times

Posted October 9th, 2007 in murder, news, offensive weapons by sally

“A 17-year-old student, stabbed to death as he tried to prevent the theft of a friend’s phone, has become the twentieth teenager to be murdered in London this year.”

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The Times, 9th October 2007

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New powers to stop gun and knife violence – Home Office

Posted September 28th, 2007 in firearms, news, offensive weapons, press releases by sally

“A range of tough new powers to fight gun and knife crime take effect this week.”

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Home Office press release, 27th September 2007

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‘Urgency needed’ on knife crime – BBC News

Posted August 20th, 2007 in alcohol abuse, news, offensive weapons by sally

“There must be greater urgency behind the fight to tackle knife crime and anti-social behaviour, the innovation, universities and skills secretary says.”

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BBC News, 19th August 2007

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Teachers reluctant to frisk pupils for knives – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 1st, 2007 in news, offensive weapons, school children, teachers by sally

“Teachers gave warning last night that they would not be prepared to use new legal powers to search pupils for weapons without their consent because of the risks involved.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st June 2007

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