Khan says government’s failure to ban zombie knives has ‘betrayed’ young people

The Mayor of London has called the government’s failure to implement the Criminal Justice Bill and ban zombie knives a “betrayal” of the safety of young people and communities.

Sadiq Khan called on Home Secretary James Cleverly to end the legislative delay and bring forward laws to ban the sale of weapons.

“The government’s failure to implement the Criminal Justice Bill is a betrayal of the safety of our young people and our communities,” Khan said.

“After years of delaying crucial legislation that allowed these dangerous weapons to continue to be sold on our streets and years of talk about banning zombie knives, they have failed to deliver on their promises.

“But it is clear that my calls, along with the voices of survivors, loved ones of victims and activists, are frustratingly falling on deaf ears. The government is not taking this crisis seriously enough. These weapons serve no purpose other than to cause maximum damage. They should be banned.”

Mr Khan says he has invested £151 million in this year’s budget for policing and crime prevention in London.

London Victims Commissioner Claire Waxman also lamented the government’s “failure” to implement the bill.

She said: “The Government’s failure to pass the Criminal Justice Bill is a betrayal of everyone who has campaigned tirelessly to get victims of crime the justice they deserve, including many victims and families already at the most have failed in an unimaginable way. by a legal system that is not fit for purpose.

“Victims and families will feel that these hard-won commitments have achieved nothing. It is a terrible blow to all of us who continue to fight for a better and fairer justice system. I urge the next administration to fulfill these overdue commitments as soon as possible.”

It comes as the national lead for police on knife crime said underage teenagers buying knives online remains “a very worrying picture” for police, with illegal traders selling weapons via social media.

Commander Stephen Clayman said earlier this month that troops in England and Wales are keen to halt the supply of weapons as part of efforts to prevent injuries and deaths.

Knives are being illegally sold to under-18s through social media channels including TikTok, Snapchat and Meta’s, he said.

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