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Why Weapons?

Key Fact

What is a weapon?

An offensive weapon is any article made or adapted to injure a person or any article intended for that purpose.

Top Tips


  • ‘Tooling up’ puts you at greater risk of becoming a victim of knife crime.
  • When out and about there is safety in numbers. Stay together with friends.
  • If someone tries to pick a fight with you, stay calm and walk away.
  • If followed, enter a safe public space and seek help, for example, a shop, a security guard.
  • When in the city and if you feel threatened, be aware of CCTV cameras and move into view of them, as you will be visible to the Police.
  • At night avoid dark alleys or groups of people that appear to be displaying anti-social behaviour.
  • Don’t be afraid to call 999 if you think you may be in danger.

Things to Make You Think!

PC Jones says:

  • It is illegal to possess, buy or sell a flick knife.
  • It is a criminal offence to have a knife or offensive weapon on school premises. The penalty for carrying a knife or offensive weapon is up to 4 years of imprisonment and/or a fine.
  • A school can search a pupil without their consent if they suspect the pupil is carrying a weapon.
  • It is illegal to purchase a knife if you are under 18 years of age.
  • Carrying any sort knife or pointed blade in a public place is illegal. You will be arrested if caught.
  • Possession of a firearm is illegal, whether it is loaded or not.
  • Possession of an imitation firearm, for threatening or scaring someone, is illegal too.


Your school police officer will help you learn how to stay safe in school and the risks and consequences of carrying offensive weapons.

PC Warlow’s Advice

PC Warlow’s Advice

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Question and Answer

Question: Will I be safer if I carry a knife?
Answer: Definitely not, it is proven that if you carry a knife you are at much greater risk of being a victim of knife crime! If you are known to carry a knife others will expect you to use it and in turn may use another weapon or your own weapon against you.
Question: My grampa bought me a pen knife for my birthday. Is it legal to have one?
Answer: Penknives are not offensive weapons, providing the cutting edge is 3 inches or less, and providing it is readily foldable away at all times.
Question: A boy at my school has been bragging about a knife he says he keeps on him at all times, ‘Just in case of any aggro’. I saw it yesterday and it looks scary! What should I do?
Answer: It is illegal to carry an offensive weapon so this boy is breaking the law. He is putting his own safety and that of others at risk. You have a right to feel safe in your school and community. You can anonymously report this offence to CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111. You should also talk to a teacher at your school. Schools have powers to search pupils for weapons, and may call upon the police to help them in these instances.

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