What Are Zombie Knives
A ban minecraft zom on "zombie knives" comes into drive this week in England and Wales – and can assist "maintain communities safer", says the government. So what are they and what harm have they caused in the UK?
What are zombie knives?
Additionally called "zombie killer" knives, they are ornate blades sometimes printed with skulls or toxic-warning symbols inspired by horror films. The ban specifies a zombie knife has a innovative, a serrated edge and "photos or words that suggest it is to be used for the aim of violence".
Where are they sold?
The blades have been available online and in some shops for as little as £eight, says the BBC. Last year, the Express & Star newspaper within the Midlands discovered 1,600 such knives on auction website eBay, some branded "head splitter" and others decorated with "blood spatter".
Who buys the knives?
Although they are usually focused at "collectors", the blades are being bought by gang members within the UK and often displayed on social media, police say. Their giant dimension makes them stunning – and more dangerous.
Have they proved deadly in the UK?
Yes. In Could, Blaise Lewinson, 17, was jailed for life for stabbing to demise Stefan Appleton in a London park. In accordance with the Day by day Mail, Appleton, additionally 17, was stabbed once in the leg and once within the chest with a 25ins blade. Serial killer Joanna Dennehy additionally posed for a photograph with one of the knives earlier than stabbing three males to death.
What has been banned?
From Thursday, it will be illegal to manufacture, sell, import or lease knives of this kind in England and Wales. Anyone caught breaking the regulation will resist four years in jail. Safeguarding minister Sarah Newton stated the ban would "keep communities protected", adding that the knives "glamourise violence" and have "no place in any way in our society".
Does the ban have any pitfalls?
A musician called Laynx told BBC's Newsbeat the knives might turn into more of a status symbol now. "I feel if anything, [the ban will] enhance knife crime. It is unique now because it is banned. Whoever's received these can sell them now and make a killing," he said.