Asda has today confirmed that it will remove single kitchen knives from sale in all its stores by the end of April 2019.
The decision by Asda to stop selling kitchen knives comes in response to rising concerns about knife crime in the UK, particularly those involving children and young people.
Nick Jones, Senior Vice President, said: “We strongly believe that we have a responsibility to support the communities that we serve. Whilst we have already taken steps to restrict the sale of knives to ensure that they do not fall into the wrong hands, we felt there was more we could be doing to support those looking at how to bring this issue under control.
“We know single knives are the most common knife products to be stolen and that is why we have chosen to remove these items from our stores. This is an issue that means a lot to our customers and to our colleagues, and we are committed to playing our small part in helping to make our communities safer for all.”
In 2016, Asda was a founding signatory to the Home Office voluntary agreement on a set of principles to prevent the sale of knives to under 18s and to ensure that knives are safely displayed and packaged.
It is hoped other big named stores will follow Asda and ban all knives from sale, the issue then could be online retailers and the chances of Amazon banning the knife is about the same as winning an egg and spoon race with banana shoes on.
Knife crime is a national crisis and Asda have done something about it and well done to them.