Border Force Seizes Blade Assortment at Belfast Airport


If a visit to Northern Ireland is in your plans, you’d better check the country’s knife laws before you go. Several knives, an axe and a sword were seized earlier this week by Northern Ireland’s “Border Force” at the Belfast International Airport, according to reports.

The items were in the baggage of a passenger arriving from London who had travelled from the USA. Officers said the blades were the latest in a series of seizures.

A 22-year-old woman from Co Armagh questioned about the items was cautioned and released while inquiries continue.

It was unclear whether the knives, axe and sword were in checked baggage, though considering the number of items, it would seem highly unlikely for them not to have been.

On a separate flight, two pellet-firing replica pistols found in passengers’ baggage were also seized.


Best Buys for Blade Readers:

Disclosure: These links are affiliate links. Caribou Media Group earns a commission from qualifying purchases. Thank you!

According to John Spence of the Border Force,”It is illegal to bring knives and weapons into Northern Ireland from overseas. Just because you can legally buy an item while abroad does not mean you can legally bring it into the UK. We are determined to prevent lethal weapons reaching our streets and ignorance of the law is no defense.

“Whether you are trying to deliberately smuggle weapons into Northern Ireland or simply unaware of the controls in place, if you are found breaking the law by carrying banned knives and offensive weapons then you will be stopped, the weapons will be seized and you may face prosecution.”

Source: BBC

For more on the latest knives, knife legislation, knifemaking instruction, knife trends, knifemakers, what knives to buy and where and much more, subscribe to BLADE Magazine, the World’s No. 1 Knife Publication.

Keep Reading:

NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Vintage BLADE Magazine Complete Volume (4 Issues) From 1973!

Download the 1973 BLADE magazine issues in digital PDF! Delivered straight to your e-mail inbox for instant download. It’s 1973, and the future of the modern knife industry was being forged by a pioneering group of knifemakers with a magazine and a mission. Get these collectible first issues of the World's #1 Knife Publication! Click Here to Download the Pack