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.
Major stores last year pledged to adopt a Challenge 25 policy