Mail order knife site linked to murder

Image copyright Cambridgeshire Police
Image caption Police believe a knife seen in Ashraf Hussan’s lap before the murder was bought from an online store

A mail order website selling machetes, swords and a knife “mystery box” has been criticised by police who believe one of its blades was used in a murder.

Ashraf Hussan was pictured with a knife police believe he bought from the website hours before he and a teenager fatally stabbed a man in Cambridge.

Det Ch Insp Alan Page, who investigated the murder, was “aghast” at how easy it was to buy dangerous weapons.

The store said: “All products we sell are legal and we abide by all laws.”

Hussan, 20, had purchased “numerous” knives from the website, including a folding knife on 13 July, Cambridgeshire Police said.

Twelve days later officers believe county lines drug dealer Hussan used that knife when he and Juned Ahmed, 18, both from Newham in east London, murdered Peter Anderson.

The pair are due to be sentenced later.

Image copyright Cambridgeshire Police
Image caption Peter Anderson was stabbed to death in Stourbridge Common, Cambridge, in July

The knife sales company, which is based in a residential estate in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, sells axes, “Rambo” knives and other weapons glamorised in films, such as Batman throwing knives.

It also offers the chance for customers who “can’t decide” to “make it a surprise” and purchase an unknown knife in a mystery box – a concept Det Ch Insp Page labelled strange.

“Surely if people are going online to buy a knife to use in gardening or some sort of maintenance they know what knife they are looking for,” he said.

Image caption The BBC purchased a spring-assisted knife using ID with a doctored age and a debit card

The website requires purchasers to prove they are 18 or over but the detective called for legislation to include further background checks when people purchase knives.

“Yes, people can get access to kitchen knives, but why make it so easy to get these “Rambo” knives and hunting knives?” Det Ch Insp Page said.

“Fair enough if someone is a tree surgeon and needs it for a legitimate reason, but someone who lives in a flat in London with no garden and no employment – you’ve got to ask yourself why do they need a knife such as that?

“I think it’s because they’re going to use it for a criminal purpose.”

The company asks for a driving licence and for payments to be made on a pre-paid credit card which can only be owned by those aged 18 or over.

But the BBC purchased a spring-assisted knife from the website using a licence with a doctored age and a debit card, which can be owned by under-18s.

Company director Joseph Wheeler said there were no flaws in the firm’s age verification process.

Image caption Det Ch Insp Alan Page called for more background checks on the sale of knives

The government has plans to ban the sale of bladed articles online to residential addresses and the knife sales site said it was “implementing delivery to collection points for age verification checks in person”.

In a statement, Mr Wheeler added: “Knives are used for thousands of legitimate purposes by law-abiding citizens.

“(We) are extremely careful with our age verification checks, this is our number one priority.

“Trading standards do regularly check this, and we follow all their age verification guidelines thoroughly. All products we sell are legal and we abide by all laws.”

Related Topics

Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-47280242

150 thoughts on “Mail order knife site linked to murder

  1. Please verify-out Promo Codes for Netfirms to get the latest working coupons. 4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor with MacOS X 10. Discover about you possibly can dangle out wit that you like and and see should you and him have one thing going on. Also consider if these upgrades can be finished on site at your company for

  2. Good day! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a group of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us beneficial information to work on. You have done a extraordinary job!

  3. You actually said this perfectly.

    online casino website template
    pala casino
    tilt videopoker thecasinoguide onlinegambling
    [url=http://www.onlinecasinogame.us.org/]caesar casino online slot games[/url]

  4. Chris Evans: “Yesterday we were asked about the rumors that Black Widow wanted to be in a relationship with both Hawkeye and Captain America. We answered in a very juvenile and offensive way that rightfully angered some fans. I regret it and sincerely apologize.”

    [url=http://www.eztook.com/womens-nike-air-max-95-athletics-sale-varsity-red-black-p-7292.html]Air Max 95 Varsity Red[/url]

    You Might Also Like

    [url=http://www.rolinn.us/]cheap jordans[/url]

    “I just wish things were different for him,” Plater says.

    The Star has made screenshots of the messages available online. In several, Diehl’s contact information is saved under the name “Frank Underwood,” in reference to Kevin Spacey’s scheming character on “House of Cards” and his affair with a young reporter.

    [url=http://www.eztook.com/mens-jordan-shoes-jordan-why-not-zer02-c-252_485.html]New Jordan Why Not Zer0.2[/url]
    [url=http://www.rolinn.us/]rolinn.us[/url]

    [url=http://www.hootleg.com/sale-air-jordan-4-retro-air-jordan-4-singles-day-fire-redsummit-whiteblack-for-sale-p-2259.html]Sale Air Jordan 4 Retro[/url]

  5. With havin so much content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright violation? My site has a lot of unique content I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it seems a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my permission. Do you know any methods to help reduce content from being ripped off? I’d definitely appreciate it.

  6. Thanks for one’s marvelous posting! I quite enjoyed reading it, you happen to be a great author.
    I will ensure that I bookmark your blog and definitely will
    come back later on. I want to encourage one to continue your great posts, have a nice morning!

  7. I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this
    post was good. I don’t know who you are but certainly you’re
    going to a famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!

  8. You can certainly see your enthusiasm within the article you
    write. The sector hopes for even more passionate
    writers such as you who are not afraid to mention how they believe.
    At all times follow your heart.

  9. Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your
    web site and in accession capital to assert that
    I get actually enjoyed account your blog posts.
    Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feeds and even I
    achievement you access consistently rapidly.

  10. Someone necessarily assist to make critically posts I would
    state. That is the very first time I frequented your web page and to this point?
    I surprised with the analysis you made to make this
    actual submit incredible. Excellent process!

  11. I am curious to find out what blog platform you have
    been utilizing? I’m experiencing some minor security issues with my latest website and I would like to find something more safeguarded.

    Do you have any suggestions?

  12. Today, while I was at work, my sister stole my iPad and tested to see if it can survive a 25 foot drop,
    just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now destroyed and she has 83
    views. I know this is entirely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  13. I am really loving the theme/design of your web site. Do you ever run into any browser compatibility issues? A handful of my blog audience have complained about my blog not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Chrome. Do you have any solutions to help fix this problem?

  14. Thanks for your blog post. I would like to say that a health insurance brokerage also works for the benefit of the coordinators of your group insurance policy. The health insurance agent is given a directory of benefits needed by a person or a group coordinator. Such a broker does is try to find individuals or coordinators which best match those wants. Then he provides his ideas and if the two of you agree, this broker formulates a legal contract between the two parties.

  15. Good article. It is unfortunate that over the last ten years, the travel industry has already been able to to fight terrorism, SARS, tsunamis, flu virus, swine flu, and the first ever real global recession. Through everything the industry has proven to be robust, resilient along with dynamic, acquiring new methods to deal with adversity. There are always fresh troubles and opportunity to which the market must once again adapt and act in response.

  16. After I originally commented I appear to have clicked on the
    -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and
    from now on every time a comment is added I recieve four emails with
    the same comment. There has to be a means you are able to remove
    me from that service? Cheers!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.