On Thursday, official figures revealed the number of knife and offensive weapons offenses formally dealt with in England and Wales last year was the highest for almost a decade.
Homicide involving a knife or sharp instrument increased by 34 percent. Robbery also went up by 34 percent and rape involving a knife by 8 percent.
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It’s a serious problem, and so North Cornwall MP Scott Mann decided to venture on to Twitter to propose a solution:
“Every knife sold in the UK should have a gps tracker fitted in the handle. It’s time we had a national database like we do with guns. If you’re carrying it around you had better have a bloody good explanation, obvious exemptions for fishing etc.”
Every knife sold in the UK should have a gps tracker fitted in the handle. It’s time we had a national database like we do with guns. If you’re carrying it around you had better have a bloody good explanation, obvious exemptions for fishing etc.
— Scott Mann (@scottmann4NC) March 14, 2019
It’s ‘unique’, that is for sure.
As one might imagine, social media erupted in ridicule:
“Trackers are showing a gang confrontation in Kensington. All units, prepare to enter premises. Lethal force authorised” pic.twitter.com/uEDOcV3oT1
— Daniel Tilles (@danieltilles1) March 14, 2019
“RIOT IN PROGRESS I REPEAT RIOT IN PROGRESS pic.twitter.com/p730Is4fo9
— Chad Sexington (@prof_head_shot) March 14, 2019
“There’s been a stabbing”
“Quick, get me the GPS tracking for every knife in a 3 mile radius”
“OK, it says there are 120,000 of them, mostly in kitchens”
“Bollocks, thought we had them then”
“Could ask those young lads with the machete”
“Nah, they’ve got a mackerel, been fishing”
— Mike McKinley (@MikeMckinley) March 14, 2019
I don’t think I even have it in me to rip the piss out of this. My insides are dying.
— Tom Peck (@tompeck) March 14, 2019
As the ridicule rose, the Conservative MP was finally forced to admit his proposal for every knife sold in the UK to be fitted with a satellite tracking system was “a bit of a s***” idea”.
It wasn’t just members of the public that mocked him. Labour’s shadow policing minister Louise Haigh posting a tongue-in-cheek reply: “Brilliant. Job done,” she wrote.
Conservative MP Johnny Mercer later added a sign reading “Ministry of Good Ideas” on the door of Mr Mann’s parliamentary office.
I reveal a secret part of the Palace of Westminster you may not have seen before: the Ministry of Good Ideas. Guess who’s behind the desk.. pic.twitter.com/yEo4ObzdwO
— Johnny Mercer MP (@JohnnyMercerUK) March 14, 2019
During his spring statement on Wednesday, Chancellor Philip Hammond handed police forces an extra £100m to fight the knife crime “epidemic”.