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Camberley stores under investigation after knife sting

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Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 4:44pm 11th January 2019.

Two shops in Camberley are being investigated after they failed to challenge young people buying knives.

It comes after Surrey Police, in partnership with Surrey and Bucks Trading Standards, conducted test purchases of knives at various stores in Woking and Surrey Heath on January 3.

All stores in Woking successfully challenged the youngsters who were part of the operation.

But the Camberley ones failed to do so.

They have now been reported to Trading Standards who will investigate.

Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Commander, Inspector Bob Darkens said it was "disappointing" that this was still going on despite legislation:

“I hope that it will be a lesson for all involved to continue to be vigilant when selling knives, and other age restricted items, to potential minors.

“If the person looks under the age of 25, then challenge them for their ID.”

It is illegal to:

• sell a knife to anyone under 18, unless it has a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62 cm) or less

• carry a knife in public without good reason, unless it has a folding blade with a cutting edge 3 inches long or less

• carry, buy or sell any type of banned knife

• use any knife in a threatening way (even a legal knife)

The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is 4 years in prison and an unlimited fine.

You will get a prison sentence if you are convicted of carrying a knife more than once.


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