Asda to pull single kitchen knives from sale after knife crime rise


Saturday, March 9, 2019

Asda has announced it will pull single kitchen knives from sale in response to concerns over knife crime.

From the end of April, the supermarket giant will no longer sell single knives in any of its stores, as knife-related deaths across the UK continue to rise.

Data from the supermarket showed that single knives were also the most common knife products to be stolen, as opposed to multi-packs.



The senior vice president of Asda, Nick Jones, told Sky News: "Whilst 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.

"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.

"This is an issue that means a lot to our customers and to our colleagues, and we are committed to playing our small part in helping to make our communities safer for all."

Back in 2016, Asda signed a voluntary agreement put forward by the Home Office to prevent under 18s from buying knives and ensuring any kitchen utensils were safely displayed and packaged.

Responding to Asda's latest move to tackle knife crime, a Home Office spokesperson said it was "welcomed".