If you are caught with a knife it doesn’t matter if it was for your own protection or you were carrying it for someone else – you will be arrested and prosecuted.
Self-protection is not a reasonable excuse for carrying an offensive weapon.
The legal definition of an offensive weapon includes anything intended to be used to harm another person, like a sharpened comb.
It is also illegal to carry a ‘disguised knife’ – anything with a concealed blade or sharp point that is made to look like an everyday object.
There is no ‘safe place’ to stab someone. Knife crime can affect anyone. Innocent bystanders can get caught in the middle of other people’s disputes and suffer trauma, serious injuries, or worse.
Police can stop and search anyone they think is carrying a weapon. It is illegal to sell knives to anyone under 18 and buying a knife under the age of 18 is an offence.
By carrying a knife, you are much more likely to get stabbed yourself as situations involving weapons can quickly get out of control.
If someone is injured or killed by a knife in your presence you could be prosecuted even if it is not you who uses it. You could be sent to prison for murder in what is referred to as ‘joint enterprise’.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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