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Harlesden shop caught selling knives to 15-year-old customers hauled into court and told to pay £1,787

PUBLISHED: 10:48 17 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:52 18 October 2018

Price Busters caught selling knives to 15-year-old in sting operation. Picture: Google

Price Busters caught selling knives to 15-year-old in sting operation. Picture: Google

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A Harlesden shop that sold a 16cm boning knife to two 15-year-olds has been fined more than £1,700.

Harlesden business found guilty of selling knife to a 15-year-old. Picture: Brent CouncilHarlesden business found guilty of selling knife to a 15-year-old. Picture: Brent Council

Price Busters, in the high street, was found guilty of selling a knife to underage customers after the trading standards sting.

The two teenage volunteers bought the blade without once being asked their age or ID.

The business pleaded guilty at Willesden Magistrates Court on October 9 and was ordered to pay £1,787.99 in fines and costs.

Cllr Tom Miller, who sits on Brent Council’s cabinet, said: “Businesses selling knives to underage customers should be ashamed, knowing the destruction knife crime is causing in our communities.

“I have to praise and thank our trading standards team for taking tough action against those who put profit before the safety of our communities, and I hope this action sends a strong message to all retailers, including those online – they have a very real responsibility in helping to keep violence off our streets.”

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