Shop fined for selling knife to child

Amtac knife

This Stanley knife was sold to a 16-year-old

A shop has been fined almost £10,000 after an employee sold a knife to a child during a joint operation between Tower Hamlets Council and the police.

Mr Nurul Hoque, 63, from Barking, pleaded guilty to selling a knife to a person under the age of 18 when he appeared at Thames Magistrates Court on 31 May.

He was fined £184 and ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “Community safety and crime are two of the biggest concerns for residents in the borough.

“We have a zero tolerance policy in place to make sure that traders who break the law by selling knives to children are prosecuted.”

The £3 Stanley knife was sold to a 16-year-old on 26 June 2018 at Glickman’s in Watney Market during a test purchase as part of Operation Sceptre, an initiative aimed at reducing knife crime in London.

Out of 14 shops tested, only Glickman’s sold a knife to a child.

The court also ordered the company, Real Bargains Ltd, to pay a fine of £4,500, costs of just over £5,000 and a victim surcharge of £170.

Councillor Asma Begum, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Community Safety said: “The work of our dedicated Trading Standards teams is another example of how we are taking proactive action to keep dangerous weapons off our streets and keep residents safe.”

If you have information about anyone carrying or using knives, contact the police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999.

Posted on Monday 10th June 2019