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Shops in Surrey fail as police send in teenagers to try and buy knives

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Shops in Surrey fail as police send in teenagers to try and buy knives

Published by Grace Mcgachy at 4:04pm 19th February 2020.

Businesses in Guildford and Camberley have been put to the test in a bid to target knife crime. 

Surrey Police Neighbourhood Officers worked with trading standards, social services, plainclothes officers and voluntary under 18-year-olds to carry out test purchases of knives.

They went into 12 shops in total to check whether staff sold knives or bladed items legally.  

Businesses are to challenge anyone they believe who is under age that attempts to purchase knives.

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)