While it’s worth highlighting the successful prosecution, it is also worth highlighting the fact that most shopkeepers in the borough do a great job and trade responsibly. The council does a lot of test purchasing, both of knives and alcohol and only rarely does the youth get served. Of course, part of that is because the council does a good job in educating shopkeepers, making sure they are aware of the law and know that the council does check on them. However, a much bigger part is that shopkeepers are part of the community and, generally, act responsibly.
It’s very disappointing that in this case a knife was sold, especially as the young people who do the buying are chosen partly because they are obviously under 18. But it’s also a lesson to other shopkeepers to abide by the law, or risk a court appearance.
If you, or anyone you know, suspect a shop is selling age-restricted goods like knives, alcohol or tobacco to children you can let trading standards know by calling (020) 8871 7720 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org