MARKET TRADER, APRIL 12 - 25, 2019

Market t raders in a Lancashire town have been prohibited from selling potent ial ly dangerous knives after concerns were raised about a town centre stallholder. Local media reported that councillors were alerted by Accrington residents to a trader displaying and selling what were described as ‘combat knives’ and ‘fantasy knives’.

Hyndburn Police confirmed

that they had spoken to the trader concerning legislation on the sale of knives and had asked him to remove three lock knives that they weren’t “happy with”. Hyndburn Borough Council

Knife ban at market

leader Miles Parkinson has since revealed that a ban has been introduced at Accrington indoor and outdoor markets preventing any stallholder from selling or trading in any knives which are “not for a purpose of eating at the dinner table”. Speaking at a recent council meeting, Oswaldtwistle councillor Marlene Haworth said the council needed to take “positive action” to prevent knife crime becoming a problem in the borough. She said: “Earlier this week

I had three residents ring me regarding a person who has been selling and displaying combat knives.

“He has also been seen

by the two residents that spoke to me showing and explaining the use of flick knives, which he kept under the [counter]. “I do believe they are

now called ‘fantasy knives’ to get round the legalities surrounding flick knives. “I think that in the present

climate regarding knives that we ought to be taking a very positive view on this and also put in place some positive action.” The concerns were raised

to Hyndburn Police bosses earlier the same day at a council overview and scrutiny committee meeting. Sgt John Kennedy told the


were three knives that I had a little bit of an issue with. “They were lock knives,

committee: “I went to speak to the man [on March 14]. “It’s not to do with the

selling of knives, it’s to do with the possession of knives with an intent in public. There

which aren’t allowed. The rest of them are legal to sell. “I went through the legislation with the man and he was very nice and understood. He removed the one’s I wasn’t happy with.” Cllr Miles Parkinson said

fantasy and combat knives had “no place in society”. He told the council meeting:

“An instruction has gone to the market manager that no trader will be allowed to sell or trade at the Accrington outdoor or indoor market with any sort of fantasy knives, combat knives, concealed knives, whatever sort of knife which is not for a purpose of eating at the dinner table. “It is important when we

see the rise of knife crime across the UK that the council plays a role in that.”

Move has benefited market

According to a recent district council report a market in a Cambridgeshire town is now four times the size it used to be. Huntingdonshire District Council’s

annual review of markets revealed the number of stalls on Huntingdon market had quadrupled since 2016, and the decision to move pitches from the Market Square to the town’s High Street was cited as a key factor. The market was relocated in September 2017 as a means of providing stallholders with more footfall, in a bid to boost both the market and the High Street. In the annual report the council said Huntingdon market had gone into decline by 2015/16, and hadn’t been “given much focus”. Following the appointment of a new

markets officer in 2016, however, the council was able to introduce a series of improvements that have seen a return to growth.

Lock knives, like the one’s pictured above, are illegal to carry in the UK (Photo: Matus Kalisky)

Executive councillor for operations and regulation, Cllr Marge Beuttell, said:

“Supporting our retailers is a key part of a vibrant economy and place to live, and I am keen to do all I can to support them. “The re-location of the Huntingdon

market along the High Street, to make it the heart of the town on market days, has been very successful.” There are still challenges for the town’s

markets, however, the report noting that the Wednesday market had seen a drop in trader numbers. On that point the report concluded:

“Ultimately, it may be necessary to consider whether it is viable to operate two markets in Huntingdon each week.” Cllr Beuttell added that the authority

would continue work with the business improvement districts, St Ives Town Centre Initiative and the town councils to develop further activities and events “to encourage more people to visit our towns and support businesses”. Prices for pitch fees on markets in 2019/20 will rise in line with inflation, the council said.

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