Police

Man in court after police seize weapons including ‘zombie’ knives

A 57-year-old man from Wedmore has appeared in court charged with several weapons offences, including possession of three ‘zombie’ knives.

Kevin Monaghan appeared at North Somerset Magistrates’ Court this morning charged with two counts of possessing a prohibited weapon – a self-contained gas cartridge air weapon – and four counts of possessing an offensive weapon in a private place, ie three zombie knives and a knuckleduster.

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset police said: “It followed his arrest from a shop in Weston-super-mare on Friday from which a number of weapons were also seized.

“It is the first time our force has charged someone with possessing an offensive weapon in a private place since The Offensive Weapons Act 2019 came into effect in July this year.

“The Act made it illegal to possess certain weapons including zombie knifes – large serrated blades that carry images or words glamourising violence – and knuckledusters, even in private.”

Monaghan was remanded in custody pending an appearance at Bristol Crown Court on September 24.

The spokesperson added: “A 33-year-old man from Bradley Stoke who was also arrested in connection with our inquiry on suspicion of allowing a premises to be used for the sale of Class A drugs has been released under investigation to allow further enquiries to take place.”

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