Retailers have been warned not to sell knives to children under the age of 16.
Three quarters of stores targeted in a recent trading standards swoop in Derbyshire were making illegal sales of knives to under-age children.
Morrisons, Sainsbury and Tesco all fell foul of the county council’s trading standards’ test purchasers.
Fifteen of 20 stores visited sold knives to 13 and 14-year-olds. Among the five which refused to make sales were branches of Asda and Somerfield. Derbyshire county councillor Walter Burros said: “It is crucial we get the full support of the retail trade
in reducing the number of knives that could be used on the streets. Shopkeepers should be in no doubt that if they continue to sell knives or other bladed objects, we will not hesitate to prosecute.”