Knives are subject to a home delivery ban in London after a surge of stabbings in the capital city in recent months.
The new legislation, which will be brought forward soon, introduces several new restrictions in a bid to curb street violence, The Independent reported.
The bill will prohibit the delivery of knives purchased online to residential addresses while introducing tighter gun control measures and making it illegal for anyone in London to possess zombie knives and knuckledusters in private.
The measure comes amid harrowing statistics that show an uptick in violent crime across the U.K.
In London alone since the start of the year, there have been 50 homicides, 35 of which were fatal stabbings.
On New Year’s Eve, four teenagers were stabbed to death, and in March there were 22 fatal incidents, The Sun reported.
Police records show that, in the 12 months ending in September, there were 37,443 recorded knife offences logged in the U.K. while in London there were 12,980 reported knife crimes, The Sun said.
The newly introduced legislation forms part of a “serious violence strategy,” The Independent reported.
“This government has always stood for law and order and to tackle violent crime effectively, robust legislation and powerful law enforcement must be in place,” said home secretary Amber Rudd.
“That’s why we will introduce a new offensive weapons bill that includes a new offence of possessing acid in public without good reason, prevents sales of acids to under 18s and stops knives being sent to people’s homes when bought online.”
Taking to Twitter, London Mayor Sadiq Khan warned that “there is never a reason to carry a knife,” adding that “anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law.”
No excuses: there is never a reason to carry a knife. Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law. https://t.co/XILUvIFLOW
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) April 8, 2018
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