Corrections officials in Britain fear plots to smuggle a new knife designed to kill bears and sharks into British prisons, according to the Telegraph (U.K.).
The WASP Injector knife—manufactured by Cheshire, Connecticutt-based WASP Injection Systems, Inc.—brings a novel addition to hunting knives.
This weapon injects a freezing cold ball of compressed gas, approximately the size of a basketball, at 800psi nearly instantly. The effects of this injection will drop many of the world's largest land predators. The effects of the compressed gas ... freezes all tissues and organs surrounding the point of injection on land or at sea.
In July, the Daily Mail reported London's Metropolitan Police Service warned officers in the West Midlands, near Birmingham, to look out for the knife after one was found during a police raid in London.
Unlike the United States, where gun violence is considered an epidemic, British police confront a plague of stabbings. According to the Mail, more than 350 knife crimes are committed everyday across England and Wales. Statistics show that nearly 130,000 knife crimes were recorded last year, hence the country's new macabre moniker: "Blade Britain." Also of concern to police is the move of knifings out of the inner city and "into the shires."
The emergence of the WASP Knife adds another wrinkle to an already serious problem.
"I think it is only a matter of time before one of these is used," said a source close to West Midlands Police, "because the internet makes it much easier to find and buy weapons like this."