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Poundland to stop selling kitchen knives in all stores

Poundland is going to stop selling kitchen knives in all of its stores after it was criticised for stocking toy blades and glow-in-the-dark plastic meat cleavers for Halloween.
The budget retailer had already decided to remove the utensils from shelves after all knives - including kitchen variants - were removed from stores in London back in April, and all 755 outlets nationwide will fall under the same policy by the end of next month.
Poundland said the decision - which also came into force in the West Midlands in July - came after "thoughtful reflection about concerns raised by both communities and colleagues".The firm confirmed the full extent of its knife ban after concerns were raised over the Halloween-themed plastic knives by chief executive of the Ben Kinsella Trust, Patrick Green.He said that while the plastic blades are not illegal, they could lead to children believing "carrying a knife is a normal or exciting thing to do".Knife crime has risen by 16% in the last year in England and Wales, increasing to 40,187 offences in the year to March 2018.
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