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Airport arrivals man had knife with 20cm blade

A CHINESE man smuggling a banned knife into the country was stopped at Pudong International Airport, city immigration police said yesterday.

This was the first case involving a contraband knife being brought into Shanghai through Pudong airport, police said. The knife, which had a 20-centimeter blade, was confiscated.

Its owner, a man surnamed Wang, had bought the knife before he was repatriated from a European country to where he had illegally migrated years ago, police said.

Wang, who worked in the restaurant trade overseas, said he had the knife for his own protection.

To dodge security checks, the former military serviceman wrapped the knife in paper and hid it inside his luggage lining, police said.

The knife evaded staff at a foreign airport, but was detected at Pudong when police checked Wang's luggage.

China has strict regulations on carrying and transporting knives. Any knife with a point less than 60 degrees and blade of more than 15 centimeters is viewed as contraband.

Police also said Wang's passport would be confiscated and that he would be fined for illegal migration.


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