By BBC Sport Correspondent Matt Bracken,A new set of regulations on knives is set to be introduced next year.
The new rules will include new definitions for the kinds of knives that can be carried and the way knives are stored.
A knife is defined as a knife that can have a blade length of more than 14 inches (35 centimeters) and that can hold a blade, blade guard or handle.
The new rules are intended to help protect people who use knives to commit serious crimes.
But there is a big problem with this definition.
People have already been carrying knives for decades without being punished for their crime.
The definition has been used to criminalise knives in the past.
The first UK regulations on carrying knives were introduced in the UK in the 1970s, when it was thought that knives were a novelty.
Since then, the knives have been widely accepted by many people.
There is a danger that the rules will be applied in a way that is not based on current science, which shows that knives do not pose a significant risk to people who are not at risk of violence.
So what is the current scientific evidence?
A new study in the Journal of Criminal Justice conducted by Professor Nick Coghlan, from the University of Leeds, looked at the scientific evidence on knives.
Professor Coghlans research was funded by the Government.
It analysed the research and published his conclusions in the journal Criminology in 2018.
Professor Coughlan found that, while there was little scientific evidence to support the idea that knives pose a higher risk to the general public, it was still wrong to criminalize knives.
He said the current definitions were based on “old-fashioned notions of crime” and “a lot of old-fashioned thinking about the nature of the offender”.
“The evidence for the crime of murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery, serious wounding and assault has long been accepted and accepted as fact by a lot of people,” he said.
“It’s important to realise that this is not the only way that people carry a knife and there are some who are prepared to use it in serious ways.”
But there is no evidence that a large number of people who carry knives are more likely to commit crimes.
“He said knives should be considered when carrying them, whether they were on a knife belt or in the pocket.”
You can’t have an offence when someone is carrying a knife in a bag, it has to be carried in a pocket,” he explained.”
If a person is carrying knives in a backpack, then it’s just a question of whether they’re using it for a purpose or not.
“I think people who think they’re carrying a gun when they’re out with a friend or are out with the kids should be prosecuted.”
Professor Coghan said that even if a person had been charged for carrying a weapon, it would still not be considered an offence to use a knife.
“The knife would not be deemed a weapon,” he added.
“In a case like that, you would have to prove the use of the knife was deliberate, so there would be a bit of a grey area about what constitutes a deliberate act.”
What does the new rules mean?
Professor Coyle added that the definition of a knife will be very different to the current laws.
“We’ve been very clear that it’s not going to be limited to carrying knives,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
“For example, the definitions of other weapons, knives, swords and darts, are not going go as far as knives.”
What do the new definitions mean?
According to Professor Coyle, the new definition will mean that knives are not considered to be weapons.
“They’re not considered weapons.
They’re just knives,” Professor Coughlans said.
But he said the new regulations would not apply to handguns, long guns or any other type of firearm.
“There are a number of different weapons that we have to look at,” he continued.
“Some of them are knives, but it doesn’t apply to them, they’re not included in the new legislation.”
So we’re not going back to a situation where knives are considered to not be weapons.
“What happens next?
Professor Coaghlan told BBC Breakfast that the new restrictions would apply to all knives.”
Every knife that’s been legally obtained for carrying will be legal.
Every knife that was legally acquired for the purpose of a robbery, burglary or serious wounding will be legally available to carry.
“That’s what they’re going to do.”
What is the evidence for this definition?
Professor Mathers said the research did not find a substantial difference in the rates of knife crime.
“What the research does show is that the vast majority of people use knives in their everyday life,” he, from University College London, told BBC News.
“This is consistent with the literature, which suggests that people are not more likely than other people to be carrying knives.”
However, Professor Coghlon said that the research showed