Square knives welcomed as a ‘step in the right direction’ by Dean Stansby foundation
PUBLISHED: 19:00 22 January 2020
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Square-tipped knives which cannot be used as a stabbing weapon are being welcomed by an Ipswich anti-knife crime campaigner.
The knives have gone on sale in stores across East Anglia in response to the government reclassification of kitchen knives as offensive weapons during a record high in knife crime.
The knives are being sold as The Assure Collection by cutlery company Viners.
Jamie Hart set up the Be Lucky Anti-Knife Crime Foundation after the fatal stabbing of his friend Dean Stansby in 2017 and is happy to see the issue is being tackled with creative new ideas.
"It is a brilliant idea and we need to see people thinking more along these lines," he said.
"Any idea to stop knife crime is a step in the right direction, anything to slow the pace of the epidemic down is a good thing."
Jonathon Brown, head of sales at Viners, said: "We think this is the start of an evolution and want other stores to follow in our footsteps.
"We hope it's creating a much safer environment."
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Mr Hart's first concern is that any new products aiming to prevent crime need to be affordable to have any impact.
He said: "If they lead with a new design that's supposed to help stop knife crime it needs to be affordable for the average Joe.
"I don't spend a lot on my cutlery, I don't hold fancy dinner parties so I just get the cheap stuff as many families do.
"But shops need to be doing their part too, locking the knives away in glass cabinets so they cannot be stolen and using challenge 25."
Whilst many shops have stopped the sale of single knives and increased protection, Mr Hart claims that even walking around Ipswich shops he's seen poor safeguarding.
"If this idea helps save even one life then it's worth it," he added.
"But, if you're making a product to help people then don't make it something you make loads of money off - make it affordable and then it will help."
The Viners Assure Collection is priced from £3.99 for a single knife and a four piece set for £15.99.
They are being rolled out in Dunelm Mill, The Range and Acado throughout January and eventually will be sold in Asda.
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