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knife laws Removing 'cheap knives' from sale will not stop knife crime says retired Detective Pat Marry

Retired detective says more needs to be done to tackle the problem


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Lidl have been urged to stop selling cheap knifes amid the rise of violent knife crime.

The German supermarket giant came under fire from retired Limerick Detective Garda Sean Lynch after they advertised a “knife assortment” for under six euro due to the rise of knife crime in Ireland.

The product which is part of the retailer’s camping and outdoor range features a pocket knife with “21 practical functions” as well as a saw type blade.

In a statement, Lidl told the Sunday World that other supermarkets sell similar products without question.

"Given that there are many retailers selling similar items on the market, we are not planning to change any policies with regards to the sale of our camping range at present."

"To put into context, as you can see from the full page in our leaflet attached, our Crivit Knife Assortment is part of our camping and outdoor activity range which we sell on a promotional basis similar to many outdoor activity stores on the high street.

“Of course, the safety of our customers is always our top priority and we do have a policy in place that states that it is prohibited to sell a knife or sharp object to anyone under 18. If a customer wishes to purchase such an item, our employees are instructed to ask for ID.”

Speaking to Newstalk, Retired Detective Inspector Patrick Marry said that stopping the sale of cheap knives is not going to impact knife crime.

“I do think that the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland may have a role to play in respect of items that come up for sale say that have been advertised to see if the likes of Lidl would need a license to sell them and maybe there would be regulations around that.”

“In all fairness to Lidl, as you say they’re selling them as camping and outdoor activity objects. There’s nothing about their advertisement that suggests you should be using it inappropriately. But there are victims, people affected by knife crime who may find it offensive that the likes of Lidl are selling these items at a low cost and they are items that can be used to inflict injury.”

Marry said that serious consideration needs to be given to tackling the issue.

“It is a problem, but we could make in roads and I have spoken before in respect of how people who are caught with knives could be dealt with to stem the tide of young people carrying knives.”

Marry, who is the author of The Making of a Detective highlighted that there are plans to up the maximum sentence for carrying a knife from five to 10 years.

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“I think the government are quite soon to introduce legislation in respect of people who are caught with knives, and I think they’re talking of a 10-year sentence,” he said.

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