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Police spot-checks finds retailers are selling knives illegally

Knife sold to an undercover cadet in Somerset Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

An undercover police operation has revealed retailers in Somerset are continuing to sell knives illegally to teenagers.

Spot-checks were carried out over the weekend by police cadets at 13 different retailers, including outdoor and army supply shops, in the Avon and Somerset force area.

Six shops passed the test and refused to sell a knife to the undercover cadet. However, seven of the shops tested failed, and sold a knife to a person under 18.

Afterwards a uniformed police officer went in and spoke to the retailers, issuing them with an advice pack which clearly outlines the law.

All were receptive to the advice and many did not realise what the law was surrounding the sale of knives.

The operation coincides with a week long national initiative starting today to tackle knife crime.

In 2014 – 15 Avon and Somerset saw a 14 per cent increase in knife crime, which is higher than the national average of nine per cent.

Worryingly, 19% of people found carrying knives or involved in knife crime, are aged 17 and under, and 23 per cent are aged 18-24.

We need to understand why young people are carrying knives and work to dispel the myth that knives are somehow cool.

– Chief Inspector Zoe Chegwyn, Avon and Somerset Police

During the week of action, officers will carry out extra, targeted patrols and use their stop and search powers.

Knife amnesty bins will also be placed in the front offices of police stations and buildings.


Police search for wanted Bristol man

Thomas Jeffery Credit: Avon & Somerset Constabulary

Police are asking for the public to help locate wanted Southmead man Thomas Jeffery.

The 28-year-old, who has a conviction for robbery, is wanted on recall to prison after his licence was revoked.

He’s described as white, 5ft 9ins, with short, cropped mousey brown hair. He is believed to have connections to North Bristol including Lawrence Weston.

Blind man robbed in Gloucestershire

Police are urging anyone with any information to come forward Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police are appealing for witnesses after a blind man was robbed in South Gloucestershire.

The incident took place on Wednesday (14/9) on Downend Road, Kingswood, at 5 past midnight.

The victim, a 53-year-old man, was walking home when he was approached by a number of men.

One asked the victim for a cigarette before grabbing his jacket.

The victim was then head-butted in the face, causing him to fall to the ground.

While on the ground, the victim's pockets were searched and a packet of cigarettes were stolen.

The men then ran off.


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