Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Look at the Law

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Look at the Law

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Byline: Mike Underwood

A top detective today praised the Evening Gazette for highlighting the ease of buying lethal samurai swords in the area.

Det Supt Sue Cross, head of Middlesbrough CID, called on the Government to investigate current legislation on the sale of such 'ornamental' weapons.

The Gazette yesterday paid pounds 85 for a set of three swords from Dunkley's Firearms in Huntington Road - less than 24 hours after Jason Kelly was convicted of murdering 31-year-old dad Robert Dunne.

Det Supt Cross said: "There is a legitimate reason for someone owning and possessing a kitchen knife, but I can see no reason why someone would want to have ornamental swords which can be lethal weapons in their homes.

"If people insist on having these weapons, then they should be made safe so they cannot be used."

She added: "Ultimately we would like the Government to look at whether these weapons should be available for sale to the public."

Kelly, 19, stabbed Mr Dunne in the back with a samurai sword in West Lane, Middlesbrough, on January 11.

The teenager, of Outhwaite Street, Middlesbrough, was jailed for life with a recommendation he serve a minimum of eight years after pleading guilty to murder at Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday.

Gazette Editor Steve Dyson said: "For samurai swords to be flaunted in shop windows just 24 hours after the conviction of Jason Kelly was highly offensive.

"The Evening Gazette wanted to show the whole region how easy it was for anyone to get hold of these weapons and to highlight the case for them to be banned."

Bob Newell, a partner at Dunkley's Firearms in Hartington Road, Middlesbrough, today said he felt deceived by the Gazette's investigation and criticised our reporter for taking the swords out in public for photographs.

And he denied criticising comments made by Judge Fox at the end of the case. …

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