Shop fined for selling knife to 15 year old

A Mitcham shopkeeper was fined over £1,400 after pleading guilty to selling a knife to a 15-year-old girl.

The trader sold the knife during a routine test purchasing exercise by Merton’s Trading Standards team. The business had already received a caution for selling a knife to another 15 year old girl in February 2011.

Merton is working closely with local businesses to try and prevent the sale of knives to under 18s. Trading Standards officers will be visiting shops throughout the borough that sell knives or other age-restricted goods such as alcohol or cigarettes to offer advice and distribute guidance packs on how to prevent illegal sales.

Cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, Councillor Andrew Judge said: “We take these offences very seriously and this should serve as a warning that people need to be very careful about who they sell to. Merton is offering advice and support to local businesses but will not tolerate illegal knife sales. Merton continues to be one of the safest boroughs in London which in part, is down to operations like this.”