Man arrested after Samurai incident in Teignmouth-Update

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(Last Updated On: April 10, 2014)

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Update. The man has been released into the care of mental health professionals.

Police have arrested a man after an incident in Teignmouth yesterday.

Police were called to the incident in Teignmouth at around 1.45pm on after concerns were expressed regarding a man inside a property on Fourth Avenue.

The man was reported to be in possession of a samurai sword and a hammer.

The area was cordoned off and negotiators attended the scene.

A 51-year-old man was arrested following negotiations and is in custody at Torquay Police Station.

No-one was injured during the incident.

Historically, katana  (Samurai) were one of the traditionally made Japanese swords:
The Samurai is characterized by its distinctive appearance: a curved, slender, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard and long grip to accommodate two hands.
It has historically been associated with the samurai of feudal Japan.
As of April 2008, the British government added swords with a curved blade of 50 cm  or over in length to the Offensive Weapons Order.
Samurai swords have been reported to have been used in more than 80 attacks and 4 killings over the 4 preceding years.
Those who violate the ban would be jailed up to six months and charged a fine of £5,000. Martial arts practitioners, historical re-enactors and people currently possessing such swords may still own them.
The sword can also be legal provided it was made in Japan before 1954, or was made using traditional sword making methods..


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