Call to ban sale of zombie crossbows

By Alex Ross | Crime | Published:

Zombie crossbows which 'glorify violence, can be purchased for little more than £30, claims the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson.

A zombie crossbow

Mr Jamieson is writing to the Home Secretary asking her to ban the sale of the weapons and bring forward tighter laws restricting the sale of them online.

A test purchase done by West Midlands Police did not see age checks carried out when a weapon was delivered.

The call for the ban in the weapon sale comes after Mr Jamieson and the Express & Star successfully banned the sale of zombie knives.

In a letter to the Home Secretary, Mr Jamieson said: "I have previously worked with the Home Office to amend the Criminal Justice Act, 1988 to strictly prohibit the sale of zombie knives was a success which is now reflected in statute.

"These were highly dangerous blades with slogans such as ‘skull crusher’ on them which were aimed at and marketed for young people, but were far from toys.

“With these crossbows it is a much similar issue, a highly dangerous item that cost little more than £30.

"These are highly dangerous weapons stylised in a very similar way to the zombie knives and I have no doubt that, as a crossbow with 80lbs of draw power that these could easily be used to seriously injure or cause fatality to other people."

Alex Ross

By Alex Ross
Investigations Editor - @alexross_star

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