Church leaders urge government to ban pointed kitchen knives

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    They’ve written an open letter asking for a ban on the sale of pointed kitchen knives. The letter was also signed by leading crime experts, as well as MPs, and community leaders.

    It comes after a conference called The Point in Chatham last week raised awareness of the issue, as statistics show that there has been an 80 per cent rise in knife crime in the UK since 2014.

     

    The signatories have urged Government to “take urgent measures to promote the sale of safe kitchen knife designs and restrict those designs which have been used in so many acts of violence.”

    The letter endorses research, highlighted at the conference, which explains that points on domestic knives are historic and no-longer necessary.

    “Historically we needed a point on the end of our knife to pick up food because forks weren’t invented. Now we only need the point to open packets when we can’t be bothered to find the scissors,” the letter reads.

    It continues: “A five-year study in Edinburgh found that of the sharp instruments used in homicides, 94 per cent were kitchen knives. Research demonstrates kitchen knives are used in a large percentage of homicides due to their availability and lethal nature.

    “Criminologists have demonstrated that reducing availability in turn reduces crime.

    “The UK has worked for the public good by restricting handguns, paracetamol, smoking in public and plastic bags –…

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