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Shopkeeper hands in 300 knives and boosts anti-crime campaign

PUBLISHED: 18:54 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:23 05 October 2010

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A SHOPKEEPER has handed in his entire stock of 300 lock-knives to police in a personal stand against knife crime. Father-of-four Nadeem Nasir approached police community support officers on patrol in East London on Monday and asked how he could dispose of his stock of lock-knives

A SHOPKEEPER has handed in his entire stock of 300 lock-knives to police in a personal stand against knife crime.

Father-of-four Nadeem Nasir approached police community support officers on patrol in East London on Monday and asked how he could dispose of his stock of lock-knives.

He was concerned about knife crime, particularly the use of knives by youngsters.

Later that day, cops went to his Bits and Bobs discount store in Barking-road, East Ham, and gladly took away his entire stock of lock knives.

"My wife and I took the decision to stop selling knives in our shop because we want to take a stand against knife crime and help save lives, particularly young people," said 45-year-old Nadeem.

"If there are fewer knives on our streets, there is less chance a person will be stabbed.

"We hope that handing over these knives will help police and also help people feel safer."

Senior police were over the moon that there were now 300 fewer knives on the streets of East London.

Chief Ins Gary Brown said: "Mr Nasir has acted in a very decent and responsible manner."

He urged other shopkeepers to follow Nadeem's stand and do the same.


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