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KNIFE SALE: Shops fined for selling knives to underage customers

KNIFE SALE: Shops fined for selling knives to underage customers

Two Birmingham shops have received fines over the last year for selling knives to underage customers – with one being described as a ‘heavy duty cutting knife’.

Papers due to go before the council next week show that both Pound Plus, in Lozells, and Rishan Ltd, in King’s Heath, have had to pay penalties for selling knives to minors.

Facing trials on October 29 and October 30 respectively, both shops pleaded guilty to the charges, with fines of over £1,000 administered to each premises.

In the case of Pound Plus, papers from next week’s Licensing and Public Protection Committee state: “Pleaded guilty to one offence of selling a knife,
namely a Heavy Duty Cutting Knife, from Pound Plus, 125 Lozells Road, Lozells, Birmingham, to a person under 18 years of age.”

And similar notes are recorded for Rishan Ltd, with the papers reading: “Pleaded guilty to one offence of selling a knife, namely a Supertool Snap-Off Knife Set, from Rishan Ltd, Unit 4 The Fold, Sisefield Road, Birmingham, to a person under 18 years of age.”

Each premises received a fine for the offence, with Pound Plus charged £1,420 in total and Rishan Ltd told to pay £1,319. The owner of Rishan Ltd,  Mr Mandip Singh, was also given an 18-month community order and made to complete 80 hours of unpaid work.

Last summer it was revealed that the West Midlands has the second highest knife crime rate in the country, with only London having a higher rate.

In the year to March 2020 there were 3,437 offences involving a blade in the West Midlands Police area, a slight increase on the previous year.

That equates to 118 offences per 100,000 of the population, behind only the London Met, which saw 168 knife crimes per 100,000 population.

Back when the figures were published, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said he was concerned about the increase in violent crime and called for a change in approach from the Government on funding.

He said: “The Government seems to be finally acknowledging that its cuts to policing have gone too far, but it still hasn’t pledged to increase police budgets in the long-term.

“These statistics are a wake-up call for the government to ensure that our police forces are adequately funded.”

Words: Tom Dare, Local Democracy Reporter


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