The Co-op has stopped selling kitchen knives in response to the increase in knife crime recorded in recent years. Steve Murrells, the Co-operative Group’s chief executive, said it put a halt to the sale of single knives about three weeks ago. “We’ve launched our ‘safer colleague, safer community’ campaign to support colleague safety and help identify the causes of community crime. This has seen us remove kitchen knives from sale in our stores,” he said. The increase in the number of fatal stabbings has prompted government action, including controversial plans to involve teachers in prevention, as well as making it easier for police to stop and search people.
Source: UK supermarket Co-op halts sale of kitchen knives in response to skyrocketing knife crime