Big names on the high street have been caught out selling knives to children

New test purchasing data revealed some of the biggest names on the high street sold knives to children.

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Trading standards carried out 2231 tests in England and Wales between April 2018 and March 2019, it found 344 kids were sold knives.

Big names like Asda and Tesco were among the list of big names, Poundstrtcher and Home Batgains was also on the list of shame.

Trading Standards have said that out of 100 attempts to buy a knife online 41 children was sent one.

Some retailers have taken action since the tests began to introduce new steps to help prevent the sale of knives to children.

With all the shocking incidents many fatal up and down the country where kids have been knifing each other we find these statistics very alarming.

Lord Toby Harris, Chair of National Trading Standards, said“Restricting the sale of knives to children is clearly a difficult issue for retailers, especially those with large numbers of outlets, staff and delivery partners, and I am aware that many retailers are working incredibly hard to train staff and introduce robust procedures to stem the flow of knives to children.

“But let’s be clear – it’s illegal to sell a knife to a child. Our tests show that it’s still too easy for a child to buy a knife in store or online. We know that young people are being cautioned and convicted for knife crime offences, and as such I urge all retailers to do more. Do you need to sell knives? If you do, can you remove them from shelves and have them available either from a locked cabinet or via a specific till for customers, as already happens with cigarettes – where this is a legal requirement? Are your procedures and those of your delivery partners robust? Can you do more mystery shopping of your own to test how well your own processes are applied?

“The Trading Standards community will continue to play our part by promoting best practice, providing advice to businesses, monitoring retailers’ activity and taking proportionate enforcement action. We need to make sure Trading Standards Services have enough funds to do this important work.”

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