We had a guest at work who was a motorist and she was drunk and aggressive, according to my colleague and she had her car keys confiscated. When my colleague confiscated her keys, she found a pen knife attached to it.
When I spoke to the police they said that a penknife is allowed (and it appears they were more worried about her safety than the staff’s)
Here is what I found about penknives:
“Swiss Army knives are allowed, so long as the blade is under 7.62cm, however if any knife is used in a threatening way it becomes an offensive weapon.”
The problem is the keys could be in the hands of a feral motorist and they could easily attack someone in a road rage incident, and get away with it if there is no CCTV etc.
We had to give the keys with the knife back and we are now stuck with this wretched woman for several days. I have had to warn the staff that she is carrying a knife.
And a penknife was one of the weapons Jack the Ripper was supposed to have used when he went on his mass killing spree.
Another ‘comforting’ newsstory about another man who went rampant with a penknife:
“A man was arrested after attacking eight people and two police officers with a penknife, police said today.
The 54-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the incident in the Easton Road area of Bristol at around 4.50pm yesterday.
Eight members of the public and two Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) were struck by the penknife on a cycle path near to Russell Town Avenue.
It is thought an argument started at a house and spilled out on to the street. ”
And being car-supremacist , the British Government trusts our victim motorists to be responsible with their penknives but clearly they shouldn’t trust them, even OAPs, as in this story:
“A 69-year-old motorist was jailed for 18 months yesterday for stabbing another driver during a road rage row. Former handyman, James Hopkinson stared straight ahead in the dock as the jury found him guilty unanimously of unlawfully wounding Julian Gott, 45.
Mr Hopkinson stabbed Mr Gott, a surveyor, seven times with a penknife after he followed Mr Hopkinson’s Citroen Visa car to a car park.
Mr Gott had been angry when Mr Hopkinson had cut in front of his BMW 325 in the outside lane of Stanningley bypass in Leeds last September.”