Si gladii proscriptae, gladius soli proscripti suum (When swords are outlawed, only outlaws will have swords)
English Bobbies of the Northumberland Heath Police (London’s East End) are taking to Facebook to let the world know of their latest crime-busting escapade – ridding the streets of a particular weapon of war. Just keep in mind, this bit of cutting-edge technology rightly belongs more to the 12th century than the 21st.
The London Metropolitan Police found necessary to post a pic of Officer Bicycle-Ryder (complete with nerdlinger bike helmet and right trouser leg goofily tucked-in) proudly announcing, “This sword was found during the search of a vehicle earlier today in Slade Green. Thankfully it’s been taken off the streets.”
But in all fairness, stabbings and slashings have skyrocketed since Sadiq Khan became the mayor of Merrie Olde London Towne. As The Sun of London reported, “The total number of offences involving a knife or bladed instrument that have been recorded by cops in the year to March 2018 rose to 40,147, a seven-year-high.”