British MP Mocked Over GPS-Tracking National Database Of Knife-Buyers Plan


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.

Infographic: Violent knife crimes on the increase | Statista

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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.”

It’s ‘unique’, that is for sure.

As one might imagine, social media erupted in ridicule:

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.

During his spring statement on Wednesday, Chancellor Philip Hammond handed police forces an extra £100m to fight the knife crime “epidemic”.

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