Residents are up in arms after video emerged showing Poundland in Thornton Heath promoting "big knives" in its shopfront window, right next to the entrance.
Lorraine King posted the video on twitter on behalf of her friend Nicola Peters (who took the footage) and has sparked debate among residents and politicians alike, who are furious with Poundland's decision to display the knives in light of recent attacks in the borough.Oh, good grief! *yawns* Another manufactured 'outrage'. Surely no-one's dumb enough to be bothered by this?
Oh. Hang on.
Even Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones was appalled by the decision.
"Shocking," she said. "I will write to @poundland about this. And looks like it goes against gov guidelines that @poundland have signed up to."Really, love? Government has really written guidelines that say 'Look, retailers, if the yoof have been a bit too stabby in the local area, just hide the knives on sale for a while, will you?'...?
The guidelines Ms Jones referred to is the 'Sale of knives: voluntary agreement by retailers' which Poundland have signed up for.
Part of the agreement states that: "Retailers will ensure knives are displayed and packaged securely as appropriate to minimise risk.
"This will include retailers taking practical and proportionate action to restrict accessibility and avoid immediate use, reduce the possibility of injury, and prevent theft."Ah. Didn't think so.