Obviously knife crime is a problem but I have heard report of the police stopping chefs, carpenters & electricians – and I believe at least one of these people was fined – under the regulations forbidding people from carrying knives in a public place.

Clearly there is no common sense to this at all, any more than there is common sense in the police stopping photographers & tourists under section 44 of the Terrorism Act.

The Home Secretary had the good sense today to try to stop the police being so stupid about photography and the Terrorism Act.  Could she also take a look at the absurd way the various knife laws are applied by some police forces.

Those acts/laws might include:  The Violent Crimes Reduction Act 2008, The Knives Act 1997, the Offensive Weapons Act 1996, the Prevention of Crime Act 1953, the Restriction of Offensive Weapons Act 1959 and the Tackling Gangs Action Programme.

Why is this idea important?

It's clearly ridiculous that workers going about their legitimate business carrying the tools of their trade – some of which are of course very sharp! – get stopped and even fined by the police.

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