Two knives sold to underage buyers as part of Operation Test to Buy to fight knife crime in Calderdale.

Friday, October 8, 2021

Two cutting knives were sold to underage buyers as part of a “test buy” operation to tackle knife crime in Calderdale.

Thirty-seven stores in Calderdale were tested as part of the initiative, which saw a number of young people attempting to purchase knives when they were under the legal age.

Two of the stores, one in Ovenden and one in Illingworth failed the test and sold knives to underage buyers.

Sergeant Anna Law of the Calderdale Neighborhood Police Team said: “This operation has enabled us to identify the stores and retailers we need to work with more closely to prevent knife crime.

“We are able to provide better education to the two failed stores, ensure there is no recurrence and emphasize their responsibility as we continue to fight knife crime.

“It is reassuring to see that 35 stores passed the test buy operation and refused to sell a knife to underage buyers.

“It shows the dedication of our communities to helping us end the illegal use of knives on the streets of Calderdale.

“West Yorkshire Police and our partners are committed to tackling violent crime and we will continue to conduct operations such as this to ensure we all work together to prevent violent crime in our district.

“West Yorkshire Police across the county continue to fight stabbing and violent crime as part of ‘Operation Jemlock’.

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