THE HOME Secretary has announced a crackdown on violent crime in the UK as he revealed he was recently the victim of a moped mugging at a London train station.
Sajid Javid has said he will restrict knife sales, as well as place a complete ban on terrifying “zombie blades”.
The MP for Bromsgrove said: “I want to ensure we do all we can to tackle rising knife crime.
“Used wrongly, all knives are dangerous.
“I’ll restrict all online knife sales so they must be delivered to a non-residential address.”
The law on so-called “zombie knives” made them illegal to buy in 2016, but the legislation did not outlaw any of the blades bought before this date.
The Home Secretary wants to review this legislation, and said: “There’s no reason why anybody needs zombie knives, but if police raid your house and you have one, they are powerless to act.”
The MP, who is in charge of the nation’s policing and security, confirmed he was the victim of a mugging outside Euston Station, when a gang on a moped “zoomed off” with his phone.
The incident happened when he was still in his previous role as Communities Secretary.
Mr Javid said: “It happened in a flash.
“I was walking out of Euston station and reached for my phone to call a taxi.
“It was brand new. Before I knew it was happening, it was gone.
“They just rode up, grabbed it, and zoomed off.”
Despite being “upset” by the crime, the politician was thankful to have not been assaulted by the thugs.
He continued: “I was angry and upset, but thought myself lucky not to have been stabbed or beaten up like many other victims who fall prey to these vicious criminals”.
Mr Javid is not the only high profile Conservative figure to have fallen victim to moped gangs.
In May 2017, former Chancellor George Osborne had his phone stolen by a gang who were later found guilty of nabbing 103 phones in just 18 days.
Theresa May has also acknowledged the moped crime wave spreading across the UK.
Earlier this month, she was challenged about the Government’s response to criminals using mopeds to cary out robberies.
The Prime Minister said: “This issue of moped crime is one that is of concern for people.”
She also said the former Home Secretary Amber Rudd held talks with police to make sure they had the powers needed to be able to chase moped-riding criminals.