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Almost a quarter of shops 'illegally sell knives to underage people'

Tests carried out by Local Government Association found blades being sold to children as young as 12

Nearly one in four shops is breaking the law on under-age knife sales, with blades sold to children as young as 12, trading standards officers have warned.

In test purchases carried out for the Local Government Association, implements including a machete, a nine-inch serrated knife, razor blades and craft knives were sold to underage teenagers across England and Wales. Major supermarket chains were among the offenders.

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