Croydon bargain shop sells knives to children
A thrift store owner has landed in hot water after her assistant sold knives to two 15-year-olds.
Pragna Bhimjiani, owner of Bargain Store, on London Road, pleaded guilty at Croydon Magistrates Court to selling a knife to a child.
She was fined £900 and ordered to pay costs of £889.50, as well as a £15 victim surcharge.
Appearing on September 4, the court heard how two test purchasers working with Croydon trading standards, carried out a sting operation at her shop in West Croydon on February 14.
The 15-year-olds were sold a set of three knives by a shop assistant - Bhimjiani was not present but was prosecuted as the store owner.
Councillor Tony Pearson, Croydon Council’s deputy cabinet member for community safety, said: "Knife crime is an issue that the council, in partnership with local police, takes very seriously.
"In addition to being irresponsible, the sale of knives to youngsters is illegal and traders have a duty to demand proof of age of anybody they suspect as being too young to legitimately buy a bladed instrument."
The council has offered shopkeepers the opportunity to attend free Fair Trading Awards-accredited Do You Pass training sessions, which educate them about preventing sales of age-restricted products.