‘Zombie knife’, machete and crossbow among arsenal of deadly weapons seized after police arrest teen


The arsenal of dangerous weapons, including a banned ‘Zombie knife’, seized after a drug arrest

A ‘Zombie knife’ , machete and a crossbow were among an arsenal of deadly weapons seized after police arrested a teen on suspicion of drug dealing.

Officers were shocked to discover a variety of dangerous items, including a banned 17-inch saw-edged machete, a crossbow pistol and a BB gun.

Police in Essex also found a roll of cash, three mobile phones and drug paraphernalia after stopping a 17-year-old boy today.

He was arrested at the station in Chafford Hundred, Essex, about half an hour from London, by British Transport Police in the early hours, according to The Sun .

A ban on the "horrific" ‘Zombie Killer’ weapons, which can be up to two foot-long with a serrated edge and carry images or words that glamorise violence, came into force in August.

Phones, cash and drug paraphernalia were also among the items seized

Inspired by horror films and often advertised as collectors’ items, they are available on the internet for as little as £10.

An amendment to the Criminal Justice Act 1988 prohibiting the sale, manufacture, rental or importation of zombie knives will take effect on Thursday.

Those caught making or selling the items will face up to four years in prison.

Earlier this year a 17-year-old was convicted of manslaughter and jailed after teenage student Stefan Appleton was stabbed to death with a "Zombie Killer" machete in north London in June 2015.

A 17-year-old was arrested at the station in Chafford Hundred, Thurrock, Essex, in the early hours of this morning

The ban comes as figures show police are recording rising numbers of knife-related crimes.

Statistics show that in the year ending in March forces logged 28,664 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument, a 10% jump compared with the previous 12 months.

Statisticians said the evidence currently available suggests a "complex picture" in which the latest increase could reflect a mix of both improvements in recording processes and a genuine rise in knife crime.

The ban applies to England and Wales, while legislation is also expected to be introduced in Northern Ireland.