JOHN McNALLY PROSECUTES RETAIL GIANT B&M FOR SELLING KNIVES TO UNDER-AGE YOUTHS

25 September 2018

John McNally, instructed by the London Boroughs of Barking, Dagenham and Redbridge, recently concluded a case against retail giant B&M, securing a fine of £480,000 against them. In an operation set up by the borough’s trading standards team, four teenagers were sent to stores in Barking & Chadwell Heath (both high risk knife crime areas) where they successfully purchased bladed objects.

During sentencing District Judge Gary Lucie said B&M Bargains had failed to put in place a system which would stop children buying knives. He said: "Knife crime is at record levels across the country, particularly in London. One of the most concerning failures is that B&M did not implement other systems. This includes putting knives in cupboards as it does with perfume."

For more information see press links below:

1. BBC
2. Independent
3. Evening Standard

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