British retail chain Co-op halts sales of single knives amid stabbing crime explosion

The UK’s sixth largest supermarket operator Co-operative Group has stopped selling single kitchen knives, in a response to the surge in fatal stabbings across the country.
The move was announced by the company on Friday, although the knives had actually been pulled from the stores around three weeks ago.

“We’ve launched our safer colleague, safer community campaign to support colleague safety and help identify the causes of community crime. This has seen us remove kitchen knives from sale in our stores,” Co-op’s CEO Steve Murrells said.

A similar move was announced by Walmart-owned UK supermarket chain Asda a month ago. The chain is to pull all single knives from its stores by the end of April.

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