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Birmingham shops targeted in knife crime operation

Knife recovered by West Midlands Police
Image caption A 15-year-old boy bought the knife from an Erdington shop

Police have targeted shops in Birmingham to see if they would illegally sell knives to under 18s.

A 15-year-old boy was sent into shops in Erdington on Tuesday night to attempt to buy knives.

Out of three stores targeted, one sold a four-inch knife to the boy. Police and trading standards officers are investigating.

The operation marked the start of a series of test buys as part off the force's Knives End Lives campaign.

Police said shop keepers who illegally sold knives could face a six-month jail sentence and a fine of £5,000.

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