Rotherham retailers praised by officers after test purchase operation

Date published: 23 May 2019 13:12
Dated: 23 May 2019 13:53:21

Yesterday, Wednesday 22 May, officers visited eight businesses across Rotherham as part of a test purchase operation to ensure knives are not being sold to underage people.

Officers worked with one of our young cadets, who entered a variety of premises in the town centre and surrounding area and attempted to buy knives of different varieties.

A representative from Rotherham Council’s trading standards also attended the businesses to ensure regulations were being followed.

PC Paul Jameson, from the Rotherham Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We want to protect members of our community and keep young people safe. We conduct these operations frequently to ensure businesses are obeying the law, challenging young people for ID and not selling any bladed articles to under 18's.

“Yesterday we visited eight stores, some of whom have previously failed our test purchases. I am happy to say that seven out of eight passed, after challenging our 17-year-old cadet and refusing to sell them a knife. This is fantastic and I would like to praise all the staff members for taking their responsibility seriously.

“Following a consultation between all parties, the store that failed the test purchase has been asked to immediately to remove and stop selling bladed articles, this will be monitored closely by the teams.”

If you have any concerns about knife crime, or would like to report something to police, please call 101 or 999 in an emergency.

PC Matt Smith with 17-year-old cadet

PC Matt Smith with 17-year-old cadet

PC Paul Jameson and PC Matt Smith

PC Paul Jameson and PC Matt Smith

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