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Five shops sold knives to 13-year-old girls

by timpickstone on 20 May, 2019

Five retailers in Bury were caught breaking the law during a trading standards and licensing operation over the Easter school holidays.

Two under-age volunteers visited a total of 50 shops, pubs and gambling premises across the borough to see if they could buy a variety of age restricted products – including knives, alcohol, cigarettes, e–cigarette liquids and DVDs – and play fruit machines. It is illegal to sell most of these age restricted products including knives to anyone under the age of 18.

While 30 of the premises visited correctly refused sales, the children were able to buy seven knives from five retailers without being asked for identification. The shops are being notified and investigations are under way.

(Photo: Angela Lomax, head of trading standards and licensing at Bury Council pictured with the knives bought during the operation)

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