Hooded jacket that comes with free knife

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - School Report -

A MAR­TIAL arts in­struc­tor has spo­ken of his shock af­ter he and a friend found a knife fit­ted in­side a jacket they had bought at an Ash­ford store.

David Arnold said he and a friend had bought the hooded jacket from TK Maxx in Sev­ing­ton last Thurs­day.

Mr Arnold, from Lark­field, said: “It was only when he tried it on at home and pulled the chain that he dis­cov­ered it had a fixed blade on the end.

“We were shocked. The prime mar­ket for the peo­ple car­ry­ing blades is 18 to 25, which is surely the mar­ket that chain has. That is ex­actly the age of the peo­ple we are try­ing to ed­u­cate on the dan­gers and moral is­sues of car­ry­ing blades.”

Mr Arnold said that af­ter mak­ing the dis­cov­ery he im­me­di­ately rang the com­pany’s press of­fice to alert them to the sit­u­a­tion.

He added: “Car­ry­ing an edged weapon is about power. The blade is un­for­tu­nately seen as a power tool for our youngsters.

“This is ex­actly what I am try­ing to ed­u­cate peo­ple against. It is about try­ing to get peo­ple to stop and think about it. We look at the moral is­sues of car­ry­ing a blade.”

A state­ment by the com­pany said: “TK Maxx sup­ports and en­forces all laws with re­gard to the sale of knives. We be­came aware that a branded coat on sale in­cluded a pocket penknife as a pro­mo­tional gift.

“We re­moved the items swiftly from the sup­ply chain. All store teams have been alerted to this and as a mat­ter of ur­gent pri­or­ity have re­moved all re­lated items from shops.”

David Arnold, who made the dis­cov­ery

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