Fashion v Arrest

19 October 2013, 10:39

Police in Leicestershire say people are risking arrest by wearing fashion accessories that look like weapons.

It comes after police were called to a report of a disturbance between a load of teenagers in Egerton Park back in June.

A 17-year-old was arrested for carrying an offensive weapon in a public place after it appeared he was wearing a belt which had a belt buckle in the shape of a knuckle duster.

Officers have told Capital the accessory is available in a number of styles and designs.

PC John Goddard said:

'Although people may think they are just a fashion accessory the item could still be used as a weapon, so wearing one could result in the person getting arrested.

'We are urging people not to put themselves in this situation by not buying or wearing such items.'

Anyone caught wearing something similar could be arrested and is liable to prosecution under the Offensive Weapons Act 1996.

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