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Spate Of Knife Killings in UK Spurs ASDA To Stop Selling Single Kitchen Knives

Spate Of Knife Killings in UK Spurs ASDA To Stop Selling Single Kitchen Knives
Concerned with the phenomenal increase in the incidents related to blade attacks in the United Kingdom, retailing giant ASDA has announced that it would stop selling single kitchen knives at its stores across the country. 
Britain has in recent times been struggling to cope up with such attacks and incidents on its streets.
The country has been shocked by a spate of such incidents of stabbing with knives which include a horrific attack on a 17 year old girl scout named Jodie Chesney, who had been stabbed with a knife on her back while she was inside a park playing with her friends in London.
The decision was taken as "the supermarket has a responsibility to the community it serves", said Asda's senior vice president Nick Jones while making the announcement.. 
“We strongly believe that we have a responsibility to support the communities that we serve. While we have already taken steps to restrict the sale of knives to ensure that they do not fall into the wrong hands, we felt there was more we could be doing to support those looking at how to bring this issue under control,” Nick Jones said.
“We know single knives are the most common knife products to be stolen and that is why we have chosen to remove these items from our stores,” he added.
This issue of knife stabbing on the streets of the country is close to the company, its customers and to the employees of the company, Jones said and added that the company was aware of its commitment of undertaking a “small part in helping to make our communities safer for all”.
The UK government has pledged to strongly curb down on knife attack incidents, said Sajid Javid, UK’s home secretary, and has added that the issue should be treated like a "disease".
According to reports available with the police and security agencies and compiled by the media and other organizations since last week, in the last 18 days alone, there has been numerous stabbing incidents that has resulted in the death of 17 of the victims of such attacks.
“We welcome this move by Asda to restrict access to knives in their stores. It is already illegal to sell knives to under 18s and retailers are playing their part in ensuring they don’t fall into the wrong hands,” said a spokesperson of the UK Home Office.  
The spokesperson said that the government would also bring in the Offensive Weapons Bill through a legislation that will make it harder than ever for young people to purchase knives.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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