LONDON (REUTERS) - Walmart-owned British supermarket chain Asda said it will remove single kitchen knives from sale in all its stores by the end of April.
Britain's knife-crime rate is soaring and, following a wave of fatal stabbings in recent weeks, many involving teenagers, Prime Minister Theresa May has convened a meeting of ministers and community leaders to discuss ways of tackling the problem.
"We know single knives are the most common knife products to be stolen and that is why we have chosen to remove these items from our stores," Asda Senior Vice President Nick Jones said in a statement.
A Home Office spokesperson said the government welcomed the move by Asda to restrict access to knives in their stores.
"In addition, our offensive weapons Bill will also introduce legislation that will make it harder than ever for young people to purchase knives," The Guardian quoted the spokesperson as saying.
It is illegal to sell knives to under-18s in Britain.