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Granada Reports Investigation: How easy is it for young people to buy knives?

Knife crime is one of the most significant social issues facing a whole generation of young people.

Despite children and teenagers too often being caught up in violence, either as victims or perpetrators, an ITV News investigation has shown websites delivering potentially lethal weapons without carry out any legal age checks - or asking for ID when the parcel is dropped off.

You need to be over 18 to buy most blades. Credit: ITV News

What is the law on buying a knife?

The central gap in this blade makes it even more dangerous. Credit: ITV News

This knife was bought online with a debit card that any 16 year old could apply for. No legal age checks were carried out during purchase, and the parcel was simply left on a doorstep.

We showed the knife to a leading surgeon, who said it was "designed to kill".

I'm shocked by that. This knife in particular is devastatingly shocking.

For a young person to be able to be carrying around a knife like this, that can be concealed... that is something I did not expect to see.

– Nasser Kurdy
In different circumstances, these five knives could be out on the streets in the hands of children. Credit: ITV News

And it's not just an issue online.

We joined Lancashire Police as they carried out a series of test purchases in Blackburn and Darwen.

Two 17 year old volunteers visited 9 shops - 4 of which sold them knives without asking for any ID.

Shopkeepers told us they thought the buyers were over the legal age.

Lancashire Police is educating the shopkeepers who sold to someone underage. Credit: ITV News

They won't face any legal action, but were visited by officers to provide education and training to staff.

Knife crime is on the rise.

There will be more test purchases carried out in the future, but they understand the law now. The onus is on them to educate their staff.

– Lancashire Police

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