Undercover agents test shops' knife sale policy

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UNDERCOVER Trading Standards investigators have challenged stores that do not ID young looking people buying knives.

Officers visited big name shops throughout Colchester, and surrounding borough, on Saturday.

An 18-year-old officer, who the Gazette has agreed not to name, approached shop counters with large, off-the-shelf kitchen knives to see if she was challenged by staff.

But three shops failed the test – The Range, in Cowdray Avenue, Homebase in Stanway Tollgate and Highwoods Tesco.

The sale was completely legal, as she is old enough to buy blades, but shops should be requesting identification under the nationally recognised Challenge 25 scheme.

Full report, pictures and interviews in Monday's Gazette.

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12:52am Sun 24 Feb 13

Boris says...

Since when was ID a verb?
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More to the point, are the three shops going to be prosecuted? If not, why not?
Since when was ID a verb? . More to the point, are the three shops going to be prosecuted? If not, why not? Boris
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10:37am Sun 24 Feb 13

wellnow says...

We are now welcoming more people from parts of the union were our firearms and knife laws would be little understood.vigilance and enforcement must be rigorous.
We are now welcoming more people from parts of the union were our firearms and knife laws would be little understood.vigilance and enforcement must be rigorous. wellnow
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7:02pm Sun 24 Feb 13

WivRes says...

No offence committed, although stores probably got a useful reminder of their obligations. Most interesting bit of the story is that the are 18 year old officers at Trading Standards. Good for them!
No offence committed, although stores probably got a useful reminder of their obligations. Most interesting bit of the story is that the are 18 year old officers at Trading Standards. Good for them! WivRes
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10:34am Mon 25 Feb 13

Rad2586 says...

Boris wrote:
Since when was ID a verb? . More to the point, are the three shops going to be prosecuted? If not, why not?
Why would you prosecute a shop for selling a knife to an 18 year old. Nothing illegal has happened.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Since when was ID a verb? . More to the point, are the three shops going to be prosecuted? If not, why not?[/p][/quote]Why would you prosecute a shop for selling a knife to an 18 year old. Nothing illegal has happened. Rad2586
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12:13am Tue 26 Feb 13

Boris says...

Rad2586 wrote:
Boris wrote:
Since when was ID a verb? . More to the point, are the three shops going to be prosecuted? If not, why not?
Why would you prosecute a shop for selling a knife to an 18 year old. Nothing illegal has happened.
The law requires the shop to check the young person's ID. If the shop failed to do that, it broke the law.
All three shops belong to large national chains. Prosecutions should make them take their responsibilities more seriously, train their staff better, and, in the long run, make our streets a little safer.
[quote][p][bold]Rad2586[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Since when was ID a verb? . More to the point, are the three shops going to be prosecuted? If not, why not?[/p][/quote]Why would you prosecute a shop for selling a knife to an 18 year old. Nothing illegal has happened.[/p][/quote]The law requires the shop to check the young person's ID. If the shop failed to do that, it broke the law. All three shops belong to large national chains. Prosecutions should make them take their responsibilities more seriously, train their staff better, and, in the long run, make our streets a little safer. Boris
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