Shop fined for selling knives to underage teen

Published: 4 April 2018

A shop in Barkingside has been fined a total of £2135 for selling knives to a 15 year old.

Quidsaver on 115-125 High Street, Barkingside sold a set of knives to a police cadet volunteer without checking for proof of age.

Redbridge Trading Standards and the Metropolitan Police Service undertook a joint test purchasing operation on 6 May 2017 using police cadet volunteers as test purchasers.  The law prohibits the sale of knives and other similar items to children and young people under the age of 18.

The hearing took place on 16 March 2018 at Barkingside Magistrates Court, where Quidsaver pleaded guilty to the offence.  They were fined £1000 and ordered to pay £1035 in costs including £100 victim surcharge.

Caroline Bruce, Corporate Director of Place, said, “It is illegal for shop owners to sell knives to young people, and this prosecution is a timely reminder to shop keepers of their responsibilities.”

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