The Government has announced a swift change to the law around zombie-style knives, following a series of complex measures made by the Home Office since 2016.

From September, it will be illegal to possess, sell, manufacture or transport the machete-like weapons. In addition, the zombie-style knives no longer need to have words or images on them relating to violence to be classed as an illegal weapon, closing a previous loophole.

Police and Crime Commissioner, John Campion, said: “It is a sad fact that too many people are dying needlessly due to knife crime. One death is one too many.

“I therefore welcome this swift announcement by the Government to address a complex and difficult issue when it comes to tackling knife crime.

“In West Mercia, proactive action is being taken by the force to ensure offenders in possession of knives are being charged/summoned but I acknowledge more can be done.

“Knives in any capacity need to be taken off our streets and I believe the right action is now being taken to address this issue within society and to close a loophole which previously caused greater harm.

“I am committed to building a Safer West Mercia and to deliver on this promise, I will also continue to provide West Mercia Police and courts with the tools and resources needed to enforce change around knife crime.”