The Conservative MP who suggested that all knives should be equipped with GPS trackers to combat knife crime has admitted it was “probably a s**t idea.”
Scott Mann, who represents North Cornwall, wrote on Twitter: "Every knife sold in the UK should have a gps tracker fitted in the handle.
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“It's time we had a national database like we do with guns. If you're carrying it around you had better have a bloody good explanation."
Mr Mann added there would be "obvious exemptions for fishing etc" but his idea has been mocked by many who thought it unlikely to be an effective strategy.
‘No one’s coming up with solutions’
WATCH: MP's Johnny Mercer and Scott Mann mock the replies to his tweet about GPS knives
Fellow Conservative MP Johnny Mercer filmed a video of himself and Mr Mann reading through the mocking messages.
One user suggested: "Why stop there? GPS trackers in EVERY KITCHEN IMPLEMENT. If you're carrying a spatula on the tube you better have a bloody good explanation."
One of the replies to Mr Mann's tweet.
Another tweeted a picture of a “prototype”, which was a kitchen knife attached to an iPad with string.
Mr Mann told Mr Mercer: “It probably was a bit of a s**t idea right?
“But ultimately we have a problem and no one’s coming up with any solutions.”