Police to renew focus on offensive weapons
The police are to renew their focus on breaches of the Offensive Weapons (Prohibition) Act out of concern about the number of violent crimes, including murders, which have been committed with the use of blunt instruments since the start of the year.
The police say there have been 51 incidents of violent crimes committed with the use of implements such as knives and machetes, since January.
The police say the weapons have been, in many instances, easily available to people when disputes escalate.
Persons are being advised to desist from carrying any object that may be classified as an offensive weapon, as this is a breach of the law. These include:
- Any firearm
- Any article made or adapted for use to cause injury to the person or which is intended by the person having such article with him/her to cause such injury
- Any dagger
- Any sword, stick, ballistic knife, butterfly knife, flick knife, knuckle buster, knuckle knife or any knife which is commonly known as switchblade, ratchet knife or Rambo knife as the minister may prescribe by order subject to affirmative resolution