Shop fined for underage knife sale


A shop has been fined and a sales assistant sentenced to 80 hours of unpaid work after a carving knife was sold to a child during a joint operation between Tower Hamlets Council and the police.

Abdul Ahad, 53, of Repton Street, St Dunstan’s, pleaded guilty to selling a knife to a person under the age of 18 when he appeared at Thames Magistrates Court on 30 April.

He must complete 80 hours of work as part of a 12 month community order.

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

"We’ve invested resources in funding extra police officers and this conviction is another example of our teams working closely with the police to make the streets of Tower Hamlets safer.”

The large knife was sold on 20 July 2018 at Bangla Bazar Cash and Carry on Salmon Lane in Limehouse during a test purchase as part of Operation Sceptre, an initiative aimed at reducing knife crime in London.

The court also ordered the owners of Bangla Bazar to pay a fine of £1,500 and costs of £1,568.

Councillor Asma Begum, Cabinet Member for Community Safety said: “Shopkeepers need to be aware that selling knives to children can have serious consequences.

"We also urge residents to support the police by reporting any knives found or seen on our streets.”

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

Posted on Monday 13th May 2019