Individual retailers will be able to update the media about efforts to reduce the sale of knives to under 18 years Updated list of retailers who have signed the voluntary agreement. „Limiting the sale of knives to children is clearly a difficult issue for retailers, especially retailers who have a large number of outlets, employees and suppliers, and I know that many retailers are working very hard to train employees and put in place robust procedures to limit the flow of knives to children. Tesco and Poundland were among the first signatories to a voluntary agreement reached by the government last year, which agreed that knives will only be sold „when employees are satisfied that the customer is over 18.“ We investigate knives sold and delivered to minors. Trading standards again issued guidelines for retailers and warned that selling blades to under-18s was illegal. „Let`s be clear – it`s illegal to sell a knife to a child. Our tests show that it is still too easy for a child to buy a knife in store or online. We know that young people are warned and convicted of knife offences and, as such, I urge all retailers to do more,“ he said. We want to eradicate illegal sales of knives and reduce the number of dangerous weapons on our roads. Surveys have shown that far too many knives are being sold illegally – last year, 160 illegal sales were made to children in London. These sales are often made by retailers who lack the knowledge or confidence when it comes to selling products at retirement age. It is for these reasons that the Mayor`s Office for Police – Crime (MOPAC), metropolitan police police standards of policing and trading, has put on the market a guide of good practice for knife sellers. He asked companies to ask themselves whether they should sell knives and keep them in closed cupboards or behind crates.
The failure rate for online retailers was even higher, as a separate online test purchase program revealed a failure rate of 41%. „But let`s be clear – it`s illegal to sell a knife to a child. Our tests show that it is still too easy for a child to buy a knife in store or online. We know that young people are warned and convicted of knife offences and, as such, I urge all retailers to do more. Do you have to sell knives? If you do, you can remove them from the shelves and make them available to customers either from a closed closet or from a specific crate, as is already the case for cigarettes – where is a legal obligation? Are your procedures and those of your delivery partners robust? Can you do more mystery shopping of your own to test how your own processes are applied? Poundland removed kitchen knives from sale in October 2018, retail director Austin Cooke said. Other retailers must now play their part This best practice guide was designed to help retailers store, display and sell knives responsibly. It is an ideal companion for training facilitators and offers some additional details for companies. It also contains advice on CCTV, information sharing and information on how to report incidents to the police. Follow the advice and protect your business. Jason Tarry, CEO of Tesco UK and Ireland, said: „Tesco takes very seriously the safety of our colleagues, customers and communities we serve, and we have made substantial changes to our approach to displaying and selling knives, without depriving customers of their choice, including a new two-tier age assessment process and the removal of knives from display on the store surface.“ They were given new tasks to carry out minor tests at the online knife delivery site and to apply restrictions on the sale of acids and other corrosive acids.
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