Knife law that meant thugs using weapons on private property could not be prosecuted is changed after loophole is spotted by MPs
Thugs who use an offensive weapon to threaten people on private property are, astonishingly, immune from prosecution.
The wording of the law as it stands says it is only an offence to do so in a public place, such as on the street.
It means that brutal yobs who terrorise family members under their own roof – or even inside a school – with a blade or acid are not acting unlawfully.
But the loophole will be closed under new laws going before MPs this week – in another victory for The Sun on Sunday’s Beat the Blades campaign.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid ordered the law to be tightened before the Offensive Weapons Bill comes back before MPs tomorrow.
The change will means threatening a partner with a knife during a domestic row will carry a sentence of a fine or up to four years in jail.
The gap in the law was spotted by Tory MP Philip Davies as the Bill made its passage through Parliament.
He tabled an amendment to cover use in private places, and won the support of several MPs.
Home Office Minister Victoria Atkins has now amended the government’s legislation to make it an offence to threaten with a knife in both public and private places.
Mr Davies told The Sun on Sunday: “It’s a victory for common sense and means the anomaly will no longer exist.
“The general public want us to get tough on knife crime and the action that has been taken will send a clear message that the use of weapons will not be tolerated at any level in any place.”
The Sun Says
THE Government is right to crack down on the knife crime terrorising our streets.
The Offensive Weapons Bill, which will go through Parliament this week, is a victory for The Sun on Sunday’s Beat the Blades campaign.
But now that Ministers have acted, the tech giants must do their bit in the fight against gangs, too.
The revelation that witnesses are being outed on social media should set alarm bells ringing — yet none of these companies even bothered to respond.
They are arrogant and cold-blooded. They are enabling violence on our streets. And they refuse to take responsibility.
And whilst they shift the blame, brave witnesses — who did the right thing by coming forward — are being threatened, bullied and murdered.
Where’s the justice in that?
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