Police praise Carlisle stores after knife surgery
Agents from Cumbria Trading Standards and Cumbria Constabulary conducted a joint sale operation for the miners.
The operation was coordinated during the visit of the Knife Angel sculpture in the city.
The operation was carried out as part of a number of activities coinciding with the arrival of the Knife Angel sculpture in downtown Carlisle, as part of a nationwide anti-violence tour.
The huge sculpture is made up of 100,000 seized knives and is on display as a stark warning of the impact of knife crime. The Knife Angel will be in downtown Carlisle for a month before moving to Barrow in January.
The purpose of the exercise was to ensure that local businesses in the city complied with the law and that those under the age of 18 could not buy knives in the city.
The operation saw all the businesses visited questioning the minor volunteers for identification before refusing the sale.
Cllr Celia Tibble, Cabinet Member of Cumbria County Council for the Environment (Including Trade Standards), said: “The increase in knife crime in many parts of the country is of great concern and we will work with it. all our partners to reduce criminal incidents. and disorder and ensure the safety of our residents.
“I am delighted that all of the stores visited as part of this operation requested identification and did not sell knives to the volunteers. I thank the people involved in the operation.