Hampshire police investigating armed raid on the White Swan pub in Southampton

Samuri sword gang target pub

Samuri sword gang target pub

First published in Southampton

A GANG armed with samurai swords threatened staff as they held up a Hampshire pub and escaped with thousands of pounds.

Workers ran to safety when three masked men smashed their way into the White Swan at Mansbridge, Southampton, late at night.

The landlord, who was confronted by one of the men demanding he empty the safe, needed hospital treatment for facial injuries.

It is the third armed raid on a pub in the area in the past three months – and detectives are not ruling out the possibility that the same gang are responsible.

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8:48am Tue 12 Jun 12

Huey says...

These robbers are not really samurais
These robbers are not really samurais Huey
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9:32am Tue 12 Jun 12

For pity sake says...

Huey wrote:
These robbers are not really samurais
Where does it say they were?
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: These robbers are not really samurais[/p][/quote]Where does it say they were? For pity sake
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9:55am Tue 12 Jun 12

hulla baloo says...

For pity sake wrote:
Huey wrote:
These robbers are not really samurais
Where does it say they were?
I think he is trying to be amusing about the double meaning headline. Boring.
[quote][p][bold]For pity sake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: These robbers are not really samurais[/p][/quote]Where does it say they were?[/p][/quote]I think he is trying to be amusing about the double meaning headline. Boring. hulla baloo
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10:30am Tue 12 Jun 12

The Salv says...

Are these swords that you can but at those shops for weirdo's that like immitation guns and swords and similar items? Is it about time the Government got those shops closed down or prevented from selling dangerous weapons.
Are these swords that you can but at those shops for weirdo's that like immitation guns and swords and similar items? Is it about time the Government got those shops closed down or prevented from selling dangerous weapons. The Salv
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11:07am Tue 12 Jun 12

Georgem says...

The Salv wrote:
Are these swords that you can but at those shops for weirdo's that like immitation guns and swords and similar items? Is it about time the Government got those shops closed down or prevented from selling dangerous weapons.
It's no longer legal to sell sharp swords in those shops. Imitation swords are not dangerous weapons, hence 'imitation'. I don't see what makes these people 'weirdos' though. Does 'weirdo' really mean "likes things I don't"?
[quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: Are these swords that you can but at those shops for weirdo's that like immitation guns and swords and similar items? Is it about time the Government got those shops closed down or prevented from selling dangerous weapons.[/p][/quote]It's no longer legal to sell sharp swords in those shops. Imitation swords are not dangerous weapons, hence 'imitation'. I don't see what makes these people 'weirdos' though. Does 'weirdo' really mean "likes things I don't"? Georgem
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12:42pm Tue 12 Jun 12

Jesus_02 says...

ahhhggghhh why make comments.

@huey Echo Headlines are funny. #hulla baloo = Boring

Just add "with" and the words miraculously actually forma sentence!
ahhhggghhh why make comments. @huey Echo Headlines are funny. #hulla baloo = Boring Just add "with" and the words miraculously actually forma sentence! Jesus_02
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12:58pm Tue 12 Jun 12

sass says...

Huey wrote:
These robbers are not really samurais
Bloody immigrants!
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: These robbers are not really samurais[/p][/quote]Bloody immigrants! sass
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1:44pm Tue 12 Jun 12

TheJoiners says...

sass wrote:
Huey wrote:
These robbers are not really samurais
Bloody immigrants!
Bloody Racists !
[quote][p][bold]sass[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: These robbers are not really samurais[/p][/quote]Bloody immigrants![/p][/quote]Bloody Racists ! TheJoiners
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2:17pm Tue 12 Jun 12

Georgem says...

TheJoiners wrote:
sass wrote:
Huey wrote:
These robbers are not really samurais
Bloody immigrants!
Bloody Racists !
I think it was a joke about them being allegedly Japanese.
[quote][p][bold]TheJoiners[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sass[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: These robbers are not really samurais[/p][/quote]Bloody immigrants![/p][/quote]Bloody Racists ![/p][/quote]I think it was a joke about them being allegedly Japanese. Georgem
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3:25pm Tue 12 Jun 12

ShakeyWiffles says...

Samurai sword gang...a gang with Samurai swords...Am I missing something here?
Samurai sword gang...a gang with Samurai swords...Am I missing something here? ShakeyWiffles
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5:15pm Tue 12 Jun 12

dango says...

they could have been ninja. They have similar swords to Samurai and in the heat of the moment the landlord could have been mistaken. Better the police look for ninja and samurai, just to be on the safe side.
they could have been ninja. They have similar swords to Samurai and in the heat of the moment the landlord could have been mistaken. Better the police look for ninja and samurai, just to be on the safe side. dango
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5:20pm Tue 12 Jun 12

Georgem says...

dango wrote:
they could have been ninja. They have similar swords to Samurai and in the heat of the moment the landlord could have been mistaken. Better the police look for ninja and samurai, just to be on the safe side.
Nonsense. Any self-respecting ninja would have been in and out of the safe without anyone ever noticing them.
[quote][p][bold]dango[/bold] wrote: they could have been ninja. They have similar swords to Samurai and in the heat of the moment the landlord could have been mistaken. Better the police look for ninja and samurai, just to be on the safe side.[/p][/quote]Nonsense. Any self-respecting ninja would have been in and out of the safe without anyone ever noticing them. Georgem
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5:48pm Tue 12 Jun 12

dolomiteman says...

Georgem wrote:
The Salv wrote:
Are these swords that you can but at those shops for weirdo's that like immitation guns and swords and similar items? Is it about time the Government got those shops closed down or prevented from selling dangerous weapons.
It's no longer legal to sell sharp swords in those shops. Imitation swords are not dangerous weapons, hence 'imitation'. I don't see what makes these people 'weirdos' though. Does 'weirdo' really mean "likes things I don't"?
You need to be a registered collector or registered in martial arts to buy a curved edge sword
It is not the sharpness of the sword (samurai swords are not razor shape) it is the way you use them that makes them a dangerous weapon.
I have several real Samurai swords as well as some imitation samurai and broad swords but have never felt the urge to use them for robbing pubs or shops!
Like guns or baseball bats it is not the weapon that is a danger it is the nutter who is holding it.
[quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: Are these swords that you can but at those shops for weirdo's that like immitation guns and swords and similar items? Is it about time the Government got those shops closed down or prevented from selling dangerous weapons.[/p][/quote]It's no longer legal to sell sharp swords in those shops. Imitation swords are not dangerous weapons, hence 'imitation'. I don't see what makes these people 'weirdos' though. Does 'weirdo' really mean "likes things I don't"?[/p][/quote]You need to be a registered collector or registered in martial arts to buy a curved edge sword It is not the sharpness of the sword (samurai swords are not razor shape) it is the way you use them that makes them a dangerous weapon. I have several real Samurai swords as well as some imitation samurai and broad swords but have never felt the urge to use them for robbing pubs or shops! Like guns or baseball bats it is not the weapon that is a danger it is the nutter who is holding it. dolomiteman
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11:27pm Tue 12 Jun 12

weall8leedscum says...

TheJoiners wrote:
sass wrote:
Huey wrote:
These robbers are not really samurais
Bloody immigrants!
Bloody Racists !
Bloody Feniens !
[quote][p][bold]TheJoiners[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sass[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: These robbers are not really samurais[/p][/quote]Bloody immigrants![/p][/quote]Bloody Racists ![/p][/quote]Bloody Feniens ! weall8leedscum
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11:56am Thu 14 Jun 12

Raxx says...

dango wrote:
they could have been ninja. They have similar swords to Samurai and in the heat of the moment the landlord could have been mistaken. Better the police look for ninja and samurai, just to be on the safe side.
It's not ninja M.O. I have a suspicion that it was actually pirates, masquerading as ninja in order to sully their reputation. I expect it was a less than perfect imitation, hence the belief that it was samurai.
[quote][p][bold]dango[/bold] wrote: they could have been ninja. They have similar swords to Samurai and in the heat of the moment the landlord could have been mistaken. Better the police look for ninja and samurai, just to be on the safe side.[/p][/quote]It's not ninja M.O. I have a suspicion that it was actually pirates, masquerading as ninja in order to sully their reputation. I expect it was a less than perfect imitation, hence the belief that it was samurai. Raxx
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11:25pm Thu 14 Jun 12

stryker70 says...

bloody prods
bloody prods stryker70
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9:39pm Mon 18 Jun 12

05bar76 says...

dolomiteman wrote:
Georgem wrote:
The Salv wrote:
Are these swords that you can but at those shops for weirdo's that like immitation guns and swords and similar items? Is it about time the Government got those shops closed down or prevented from selling dangerous weapons.
It's no longer legal to sell sharp swords in those shops. Imitation swords are not dangerous weapons, hence 'imitation'. I don't see what makes these people 'weirdos' though. Does 'weirdo' really mean "likes things I don't"?
You need to be a registered collector or registered in martial arts to buy a curved edge sword
It is not the sharpness of the sword (samurai swords are not razor shape) it is the way you use them that makes them a dangerous weapon.
I have several real Samurai swords as well as some imitation samurai and broad swords but have never felt the urge to use them for robbing pubs or shops!
Like guns or baseball bats it is not the weapon that is a danger it is the nutter who is holding it.
You don't have to be a registered collector to buy curved swords. So long as the blade is handforged using traditional methods, anyone over 18 can buy one. I am not in anyway registered as a martial artist or sword collector but I quite legally own a handforged samurai sword.

Straight bladed swords are available to any adult regardless of whether they are handforged or not.
[quote][p][bold]dolomiteman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: Are these swords that you can but at those shops for weirdo's that like immitation guns and swords and similar items? Is it about time the Government got those shops closed down or prevented from selling dangerous weapons.[/p][/quote]It's no longer legal to sell sharp swords in those shops. Imitation swords are not dangerous weapons, hence 'imitation'. I don't see what makes these people 'weirdos' though. Does 'weirdo' really mean "likes things I don't"?[/p][/quote]You need to be a registered collector or registered in martial arts to buy a curved edge sword It is not the sharpness of the sword (samurai swords are not razor shape) it is the way you use them that makes them a dangerous weapon. I have several real Samurai swords as well as some imitation samurai and broad swords but have never felt the urge to use them for robbing pubs or shops! Like guns or baseball bats it is not the weapon that is a danger it is the nutter who is holding it.[/p][/quote]You don't have to be a registered collector to buy curved swords. So long as the blade is handforged using traditional methods, anyone over 18 can buy one. I am not in anyway registered as a martial artist or sword collector but I quite legally own a handforged samurai sword. Straight bladed swords are available to any adult regardless of whether they are handforged or not. 05bar76
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9:42pm Mon 18 Jun 12

05bar76 says...

Georgem wrote:
The Salv wrote:
Are these swords that you can but at those shops for weirdo's that like immitation guns and swords and similar items? Is it about time the Government got those shops closed down or prevented from selling dangerous weapons.
It's no longer legal to sell sharp swords in those shops. Imitation swords are not dangerous weapons, hence 'imitation'. I don't see what makes these people 'weirdos' though. Does 'weirdo' really mean "likes things I don't"?
That's wrong. It is perfectly legal to sell swords in the UK to any adults without the need for registration, licences or criminal record checks. Curved swords must be handforged to be legal but straight bladed swords do not have to be.

Source: Offensive Weapons Order 2008 (Ammendment No. 2)
[quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: Are these swords that you can but at those shops for weirdo's that like immitation guns and swords and similar items? Is it about time the Government got those shops closed down or prevented from selling dangerous weapons.[/p][/quote]It's no longer legal to sell sharp swords in those shops. Imitation swords are not dangerous weapons, hence 'imitation'. I don't see what makes these people 'weirdos' though. Does 'weirdo' really mean "likes things I don't"?[/p][/quote]That's wrong. It is perfectly legal to sell swords in the UK to any adults without the need for registration, licences or criminal record checks. Curved swords must be handforged to be legal but straight bladed swords do not have to be. Source: Offensive Weapons Order 2008 (Ammendment No. 2) 05bar76
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