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Retailers fail to halt knife sales to minors.

Retailers are still not doing enough to stop the sale of knives to under-18s, data commissioned by National Trading Standards and funded by the Home Office has revealed.

Despite recent pledges to crack down on illegal knife sales by a number of the UK's leading supermarket, discount and DIY chains, 15% of all stores tested sold knives to test purchasers under the age of 18, the data shows.

Of 2,231 tests carried out by Trading Standards in England and Wales from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019, retailers failed to prevent knife sales to a child on 344 separate occasions.

Last year, in a bid to prevent underage knife sales, a number of national retailers including the UK's leading supermarkets and discounters, plus retailers Amazon UK, Wilko, Argos, Boots and the Co-op, agreed to adhere to a new Voluntary Agreement including a Think 21 or Challenge 25 policy for knife sales.

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Publication:Convenience Store
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 6, 2019
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