• From The BBC:

    Trading standards officers have called for a ban on online knife sales after a machete was sold to a 15-year-old for £1.50 over the internet.The potential weapon was delivered in the mail in bubble wrap and cardboard to the teenager who was testing under-age sales for trading standards. The tests found that 214 out of 835 stores in England and Wales sold knives illegally to under-18s. The problems were more acute online, where 80% sold knives to young people. “As knife crime remains a problem in many of our towns and cities, it beggars belief that so many traders are still prepared to sell potentially lethal weapons to children,” said Ron Gainsford, chief executive of the Trading Standards Institute (TSI). RulesThe law states that it is illegal to sell a knife or bladed article to anyone aged under 18, with businesses and staff facing a fine of up to £5,000 or six months in prison for doing so.
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