Firm sells ‘discount’ knives and swords and ‘thriller containers’ forward of ban | UK | News | EUROtoday

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AN ONLINE vendor, whose weapons have been purchased illegally by at the least three teenage killers, provided “discounted” knives and swords forward of a deliberate ban in September.

Luton-based DNA Leisure additionally provided £25 thriller containers of assorted weapons as a part of its “last chance” filter.

Anyone buying knives on-line from the UK should provide identification to show they’re over 18, with checks additionally made on the level of supply.

Three separate homicide trials heard that below 18s who went on to kill used their mother or father’s ID to illegally purchase from the seller.

Earlier this week the agency displayed adverts on its web site urging clients to make the most of a “Knife & Sword Stock Sell Off” with 25 per cent off and the “mystery boxes”.

As the UK confronted a knife crime epidemic, and information two 12-year-olds have been convicted of homicide, the promotion stated: “This is your last opportunity to grab a bargain as many knives and swords are being sold below cost price.”

The Home Office declined to remark.

A authorities supply stated earlier than the sale DNA Leisure approached the Home Office about handing over all of the inventory in return for monetary compensation as a part of a give up scheme, however officers declined because it didn’t comply.

A DNA Leisure spokesperson denied any weapons had been purchased by convicted killers.

The agency added: “Although still rare, incidents like this have affected several retailers in our sector despite, in our case, always complying with UK laws relating to age verification. We have taken the decision to go further than the ban coming into effect this summer and stop selling bladed items altogether once our stock has been sold.”