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article image40% of Shops in an Area of the UK Are Selling Knives to Children

By Michelle Duffy     Oct 2, 2007 in Crime
A shocking report in Wales has recently discovered that 40% of shops in the area of Flintshire, were found to be selling knives to children as young as 13. Under cover trading standards discovered the revelation in a recent investigation
As well as the legal age rising to 18 from 16 for buying tobacco and cigarettes in the UK as from the 1st of October this year, another law to get a radical shake up was the legal age for buying knives.
As from yesterday, it is not against the law for anyone to sell a knife to someone under the age of 18. The law had previously allowed children of 16 to purchase knives over the counter. This new law comes under the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006.
Yet in a recent investigation in the area of Flintshire in Wales, UK, it was discovered that around 40% of shops were selling knives to children as young as 13. The local council has described this discovery as "unacceptable" and has also ordered that shop keepers to become more vigilant and better training should be available to them when dealing with children trying to buy knives.
Trading standards, who led the undercover investigation, found that many shops were willing selling knives to children. Ron Hughes, head of TS, said,
"It is essential that retailers advise staff of the changes in the law. Whilst the figure of four in 10 shops selling knives to children has come down this year, it is still an unacceptable figure. The main problem appears to be that the shopkeepers are not giving sufficient training and instructions to staff to ensure that they do not sell to those underage."
He went on,
"With the increase in the age it is even more important that everything is done to ensure that these dangerous products do not get easily into the hands of children."
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