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Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 16 1:36 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

gregotyn wrote:
So what is the law regarding pocket knives? I use penknives and Stanley knives at work, I and always have a spare of each. As I get older I forget where I have left them, and they would disappear if I left them at work overnight.

The law is one of "reasonable excuse", but the offence is one of strict liability: you have to prove you have a good excuse rather than they prove you haven't.

Nick



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 16 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

And taking one to a job where you need it is fine.

Pilsbury



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 16 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

As a teenager I used to regularly carry a bag containing 20 razor sharp knives up to 12 inch blades, I started with them in a briefcase with locks but soon found the police were curious about a 18 year old in jeans carrying a case around the financial bit of London and regularly got stopped and asked what was in the case.
I used to ask if i could open it off the main road cos it was full of knives and I didn't want anyone to see and I got lots of bemused coppers escorting me to the side street and looking over my chefs knives and my id from work showing I was a chef.
Switch to a very unsecure sports bag and I never got stopped again.....

sean
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 16 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I was stopped late(ish) at night by police investigating a knife crime at Tooting Broadway tube and had a Stanley knife in my back pocket. That was a bit tense for a few minutes.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 16 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i have ambled down tooting high st with a 4 1/b sandvic felling axe over my shoulder,the two met constables i passed didn't say a word wonder why?

if they had there would have been reasonable excuse as i was popping round to maybury st to split some fire wood for a pal.

i get the impression that the law is fairly subjective ,ie kukri on the way to do some hedging with a middle aged bloke = ok and nail file and scissors combo in the pocket of a 16 yr old sitting outside the offie = court

gregotyn should be fine as for work and would it probably be "borrowed" if i left it at work would be seen as reasonable.

i have had a few chats with coppers over the years regarding how they deal with such things and the usual response was "subjectively" and "depending on circumstances, instinct and whether or not i feel comfortable with them carrying that"

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