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Councils 'Must Stop Shops Selling Knives to Children'

Magazine article Public Finance

Councils 'Must Stop Shops Selling Knives to Children'

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Home Office minister Vernon Coaker has called on councils to crack down on retailers who illegally sell knives to under- 18s.

But local government's regulatory services body, Lacors, said trading standards teams were already taking a tough stance and only a minority of shops still sold knives to children.

Lacors chair Geoffrey Theobald said: 'The legal age for buying a knife was raised from 16 to 18 last year and it's important that retailers understand the implications of breaking the law.'

Police forces and trading standards teams use underage volunteers to check if shops seek proof of age before selling knives. Coaker wants more of these test operations.

Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Alf Hitchcock who is spokesman on knife crime for the Association of Chief Police Officers, said police forces were determined to stamp out knife crime. …

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