NPCC partners with online marketplace to curb knife crime

3/2/2020

The National Police Chiefs’ Council has formed a partnership with Wish in order to tackle the sale of illegal knives.

According to NPCC, the partnership will see the retailer adopting an alerting procedure through which the police can highlight products of concern. Wish has also committed to removing any listings where officers believe the law has been broken.

The move follows the online marketplace's previous introduction of controls stopping illegal knives from appearing in the search results of UK customers.

Speaking of the partnership, NPCC lead for serious violence, assistant chief constable Jackie Sebire, said: “Officers have been telling me for some time that the main source of the knives being used on our streets is online. It is far too easy for our children to get their hands on dangerous weapons, and enforcement alone is not the answer.

“Whilst many of the weapons sold online from abroad are intercepted by Border Force, this partnership with Wish will allow us to cut off the supply of illegal knives at their source. Our hope is to extend the partnership to other online platforms to ensure a more unified approach to tackling knife crime.”

Daniela Engel, UK country manager at Wish, said: “We are pleased to be partnering with British police to react promptly to reports of illegal listings. We hope that other online marketplaces will join us in working with the police on this important issue.”

Wish connects millions of users with a wide range of merchants all over the world. According to NPCC figures, it was the most downloaded shopping app of 2019.

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