A shop in Brent has been fined more than £3,000 after it was found selling knives to underage teenagers. The Cricklewood store was caught out when council officers conducted a sting operation last year.
Supersave Household, located at 185 Cricklewood Broadway, was being investigated by Brent Trading Standards officers. The shop was caught when the team sent two underage teenage volunteers into the premises to try and buy a knife in August 2022.
The volunteers were able to purchase a 23cm knife without the cashier asking for any ID to prove their age, according to Brent Council. At the subsequent court hearing, Supersave Household pleaded guilty to selling a knife to a person under the age of 18.
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The magistrates stated that this was a serious crime but took the guilty plea into consideration. The company was ordered to pay a total of £3,175.99 for the offence.
It has to fork out £1,500 for the incident, as well as being forced to pay the council's legal costs of £1075.99 and a victim surcharge of £600. Cabinet member for safer communities and public protection, Councillor Harbi Farah, said: "This is a huge win for our amazing Trading Standards team, but mainly for the general public.”
He added: “It is so important that laws like these are upheld as they not only keep knives off the streets, but also make sure that all residents can feel safe on our streets. I would like to thank our fantastic frontline Trading Standards officers for their work on this."