SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has defended the sale locally of craft knives which could be used as lethal weapons.
A borough resident who visited the Monkspath superstore last week was shocked to find Stanley-type knives on open display in a section of the store apparently intended to attract young female shoppers.
The woman, who did not want be identified, said: “Everything was pink-wrapped and cost £1, and the marketing of the goods was obviously targeted at girls or young women.
“I picked up one item and it turned out
to be a Stanley knife or something similar. I
don’t think it is right for a supermarket to
sell something which could be used to slash people and might seriously injure or even kill them.
“The government and police are fighting a big battle against knife crime at the moment and this kind of irresponsible behaviour by Tesco won’t help their efforts.
“I complained about it to an assistant and outlined my concerns but she just laughed at me.”
A spokesman for Tesco said there was a growing market for DIY products for women and confirmed that the sales display at the Stratford Road store was aimed to appeal to young females.
He said drills, hammers and other tools were also on sale - “in fact anything you need for a DIY job. More women seem to be getting into DIY. Some will take on big jobs like erecting a fence.”
He added: “These goods are only available at our larger stores, and buyers have to prove they are 18 or over. There is no question of selling knives to children.”
The spokesman said Tesco did not intend withdrawing the knives from its shelves.