Sale of knives (2)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 1st June 2021.

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Photo of Krupesh Hirani Krupesh Hirani Labour

A recent Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) test exercise including within Brent, involving special constables acting as test shoppers, found that more than half of retailers tested sold knives to potentially underage customers. Given this, whilst the MPS have said they will be undertaking targeted operations involving those shops tested, will you consider taking London wide action to ensure that all retailers are abiding by the law and are not selling knives to underage customers?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

As part of my Knife Crime Strategy, MOPAC has been working with partners to address the sale of knives in London. The Knife Retailer’s group involving MPS, Trading Standards and retailers have been successful in working with partners to develop and roll out training for retailers on enforcing age restrictions. As the high street reopens following COVID-19 restrictions, we will be working with the MPS to further promote the training to retailers and will endeavour to contact those partners in Brent specifically.