Bristol

Knives bought in 'test purchases' in Bristol

The purchased knives
Image caption Shop assistants should ask for proof of age, Councillor Hopkin said

Shopkeepers in Bristol are being warned of the danger of selling knives to young people.

The warning comes after a 15-year-old who was "clearly under age" was able to purchase kitchen knives in a Trading Standards operation.

During the test the teenager was able to purchase the knives in three of seven shops visited.

"These are not pocket knives [but] potential weapons all capable of inflicting major injuries," he said.

Councillor Gary Hopkins, of Bristol City Council, added: "This is a disturbing result.

"We're urging shops to act responsibly and ask for proof of age for the sale of all age-restricted products.

"We will be in contact with the retailers and examining their systems to find out why this has happened."

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