In an attempt to tackle domestic violence, the police in a British county came up with a startling plan: Replace the sharp knives in victims' kitchens with blunt-tipped instruments to prevent their partners from stabbing them to death.
While the proposal was only one among many by the Nottingham City Council to tackle knife crime, it was immediately singled out for criticism by medical experts and advocates for domestic abuse survivors, who called it "ludicrous" and ill conceived.The proposal comes as UK struggles with an epidemic of knife crime outside the home.
In Nottinghamshire, police say domestic abuse cases involving knives make up 17% of all the county's reported knife crimes. In an effort to address the issue, the Nottinghamshire police bought 100 knives specifically manufactured without points to replace kitchen knives in the homes of Britons who have been attacked or threatened with a knife, a police spokesman said. The knives would still be sharp enough to cut food and the results of the small-scale trial would be evaluated at the end of the year.