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Praise for stores who passed underage knife sales test in the High Peak

Posted on 14th March 2019

There’s praise for a number of retailers in the High Peak after they refused to sell knives to under 18s in a police and trading standards test purchase operation.

A 16 year old volunteer visited five stores in Buxton, one store in Glossop and one store in New Mills with Derbyshire County Council’s Trading Standards.

The retailers were all revisited this month after they failed during a test purchase operation in August 2018, and sold knives without challenging the youngster or asking for identification.

It is an offence to sell a knife, knife blade, razor, axe or other article which has a blade or is sharply pointed to anyone under 18. Where a knife is sold to an underage person, the person who sold the knife and the retailer can be held responsible.

The maximum penalty for selling a knife is up to 6 months imprisonment and a £5,000 fine

PCSO Lee Baker, of the High Peak Youth Engagement Team, said: “It is pleasing to see that those retailers in the High Peak who failed an earlier test purchase operation around the sale of knives to under 18s have taken on board advice and have been prepared to challenge and refuse sales to improve their practices and make sure they are trading within the law.

“We will be continuing to work with Derbyshire County Council Trading Standards, and our other partnership agencies as part of our long term commitment to tackling and preventing knife related crime in our area.”

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Carol Hart said: “Our trading standards officers work very hard to ensure traders know the law when it comes to selling age-restricted items including knives.

“I am very pleased that their efforts are paying off and that traders are taking notice of the rules.

“The consequences of knives falling into the wrong hands can be devastating and it is something we take very seriously.”

The news of the recent test purchase operation success comes we support Operation Sceptre, a national anti-knife crime initiative which is taking place this week.

If you have any concerns about knifes being sold or would like some advice you can get in touch with your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team by using one of the following non-emergency contact methods: 

  • Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
  • Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact
  • Website – complete the online contact form www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.
  • Phone – call us on 101.

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You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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