Bladed articles and offensive weapons

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The definitive guideline on the bladed articles and offensive weapons guideline was issued on 1 March 2018 and came into force on 1 June 2018.

The consultation on the bladed articles and offensive weapons guideline was published on 6 October 2016 and closed on 6 January 2017.

The bladed article and offensive weapons guideline contains guidance for:

  • Possession of an offensive weapon in a public place
  • Possession of an article with a blade/point in a public place
  • Possession of an offensive weapon on school premises
  • Possession of an article with a blade/point on school premises
  • Unauthorised possession in prison of a knife or offensive weapon (adult guideline only)
  • Threatening with an offensive weapon in a public place
  • Threatening with an article with a blade/point in a public place
  • Threatening with an article with a blade/point on school premises
  • Threatening with an offensive weapon on school premises