Offensive Weapon


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A term defined under the Prevention of Crime Act 1953 (UK) as ‘Any article made or adapted for use for causing injury to the person, or intended by the person having it with him for such use by him (or some other person)’
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In addition to the routine searches that Border Force officers conduct every day on travellers landing at the airport, South Wales Police officers from the Vale of Glamorgan were in attendance as part of Operation Dactylis to raise awareness among passengers that it is illegal to bring home offensive weapons from their holidays.
More than 22,000 offences of possessing or making threats with blades or offensive weapons resulted in a conviction or caution in England and Wales in 2018-19.
A 16-year-old boy, charged yesterday, has been remanded in custody accused of murder, grievous bodily harm with intent, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of cannabis, while Romaine Williams-Reid, 18, of Erith Crescent, Romford, was charged with murder and grievous bodily harm and will appear in custody at the Old Bailey on July 25.
At the same, the number of cautions and convictions for possession of a knife or offensive weapon and threatening with a knife or offensive weapon has also decreased nationally.
Michael Ojengbede, 22, of Torre Mount, Leeds, was also charged with affray and carrying an offensive weapon. He also appeared before Leeds magistrates on the same day.
After trial at Hamilton Sheriff Court, the 36-year-old was found guilty of having an offensive weapon - a metal baton - in the Aldi car park in Mason Street, Motherwell, while on bail on July 24.
In all, there were 53 cautions or sentences handed out for knife and offensive weapon offences per 100,000 people.
Knife and offensive weapon offences led to 438 cautions or sentences in Leicestershire in 2017/18, the highest number in any year since records began in 2008/09.
Knife and offensive weapon offences led to 1,314 cautions or sentences being handed out by West Midlands Police in 2017/18 - the highest number in a year since 1,453 were recorded in 2009/10.
A BTP spokesman said: "The first boy aged 17 from Flint has been charged with common assault and possessing an offensive weapon.