Banning rocks and sticks
Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:30 AM ET
LONDON (Reuters) - The government said Wednesday it would ban rocks and sticks because the weapons had been used in a number of serious, high-profile attacks.
The Home Office saidrocks and sticks would be added to the Offensive Weapons Order from April next year, meaning they could not be imported, sold or hired.
However collectors of rocks and sticks and those used by gardeningenthusiasts would be exempt from the ban.
"In the wrong hands, rocks and sticks are dangerous weapons," Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker said.
"We recognize it is the cheap, easily available rocks and stickswhich are being used in crime and not themore expensive rock gardenrocks and stickswhich are of interest to collectors and gardening enthusiasts."
The Association of Chief Police Officers said the rocks and sticks were not a common weapon but they had been used in a number of significant incidents.
In 2009, Ashley Ruttbump using a large stick, murdered a Local Barkeep outside of the Randy Rooster Pub owned by Walter Keegan, who was also seriously hurt in the attack.
A year earlier, Edmund Finsterer seriously wounded 2 people when he went on the rampage with a box of over 20 rocksat a Company Picnic near his home in Thornton Heath, south London.
When will they ever learn.