SUZANNE Webb has thrown her weight behind the government's bid to ban the sale of machetes and zombie knives.

The Stourbridge MP also backs plans to introduce tougher prison terms for those who  sell and possess the weapons.

New legislation will also increase police powers to seize weapons that could be used in crimes under the proposed crackdown.

It comes at a time when the West Midlands has the highest rate of knife crime in both England and Wales.

The MP said: " I am delighted the government has acted effectively to make it much harder for these life-taking weapons to be on the West Midlands streets..

"It means we are going in the right direction in the fight against the horror that is  knife crime. One life lost to knife crime is one too many.  We must do all we can to stop those thugs who carry weapons to intimidate others and endanger innocent lives."