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Samurai sword and Zombie knife found in Nottinghamshire raid

A samurai sword and a suspected ‘zombie knife’ were discovered by police while executing a warrant.

Officers carried out the raid at a house in the Newark area following reports of potential criminal activity.

Several knives were discovered inside the property during the warrant at around 12.15 pm on Wednesday (22 March).

Among the blades uncovered were a samurai sword and a zombie-style knife – both of which are illegal to be kept in a private place or sold in the UK.

It is also now against the law for anyone to own knuckledusters, throwing stars, friction lock batons, disguised knives or push daggers, under the Offensive Weapons Act, which came into effect on 14 July 2021.

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The law change means collectors of these types of weapons – all of which are also illegal to carry in public – now risk facing a prison sentence if they’re caught harbouring them in their homes.

Nottinghamshire Police’s Newark and Sherwood Operation Reacher team carried out the targeted warrant in Newark.

Sergeant Mike Taylor, the team’s sergeant, said: “As a result of this proactive warrant, we’ve been able to take two dangerous weapons away from our communities, where they could’ve potentially caused considerable harm.

“There is absolutely no reason for anyone to have these types of offensive weapons in their homes – in fact, this has actually been a criminal offence for more than 18 months now.

“People should be aware by now about this change in the law, so claiming ignorance is not a valid excuse and certainly won’t be accepted as a defence should anyone find themselves in court.

“Our inquiries are still ongoing into this incident, so we’d ask anyone who has any information that could assist us to call the police on 101, quoting incident 23000173957.

“People can also report information anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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