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Offensive Weapons Definition


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Afternoon all,

Just searching for a bit of clarification on Offensive Weapons, as the description (as per S1 - Prevention of Crime Act 1953) describes an "Offensive Weapon" as

'Any article made or adapted for use in causing injury to the person, or intended by the person having it with him for such use by him, or by some other persons'

Now, the above definition suggests that an offensive weapon comes down more to the intentions and actions of the person in possession of the item. For example, a tree limb could be classed as an offensive weapon if the person intended to use it to hurt someone. Can anyone clarify if this is correct?

Thanks in advance! :???::bye1:

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Intent is correct, unless, objectively, the item is intended to cause harm, then intent doesn't come into it.

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So a tree limb, if used with intent to harm, would constitute an offensive weapon?

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Offensive as in to attack. Anything made or adapted to do harm

Broom handles with carving knives tied to them were used by the home guard during WW2 it's a good example of an adapted weapon

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So, what sort of things are included under the 'made' header? Obviously things like knives/daggers/swords etc.

Don't panic Mr Mainwaring!! :surrender:

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Brass knuckles, sword sticks,stun guns

Anything with the primary purpose of hurting someone

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So a tree limb, if used with intent to harm, would constitute an offensive weapon?

Yes.

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Yep agree with this though it's good to remember that for knives/bladed articles in public place arrest for that offence rather than off weap as the burden of proof is on the offender rather than us. Bit off topic but might come in handy

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