Test purchases show knife sale message is getting across
Shops in Barking town centre are taking their responsibilities seriously – after a test purchase operation last week produced positive results.
On Thursday 6 December, the Trading Standard’s team at Barking and Dagenham Council carried out test purchases of knives at six premises, however, the 14-year-old used as part of the sting was refused sale in all stores.
One of the shops visited included Poundsave Superstore, on Ripple Road, which had to pay £8,000 earlier this year after being found guilty of selling a knife to a youngster.
The operation is one of a number of initiatives carried out to tackle knife crime in Barking and Dagenham.
The message is clearly getting across
Councillor Margaret Mullane, Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety, said: “We are delighted with the latest test purchase results - the message is clearly getting across to shop owners that if we are to tackle knife crime then we must all work together, as one borough, one community.
“We don’t want to be fining stores, we want responsible businesses who understand the importance of them abiding by the rules.”
It is an offence to sell a knife, knife blade, razor, axe or other bladed article to anyone under the age of 18.
If anyone has any concerns about shops selling items to people under age they can contact the council’s Trading Standards Team on firstname.lastname@example.org.