Children Have Easy Access To Violent Games, Knives

Date: 09-16-2008 Views:
KeyWord: Violent, Games, Children, Knives
Summary:TRADERS in Plymouth have been caught selling knives and over-18 games to young people in an under-cover operation by Trading Standards, reported by the website of this is plymouth.co.uk.

TRADERS in Plymouth have been caught selling knives and over-18 games to young people in an under-cover operation by Trading Standards, reported by the website of this is plymouth.co.uk.

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Fair Trading Officer Lynda Braddock, who led the operation, said: "The statistics for knife sales are encouraging but it#DY#s still disappointing to find some shops not on board with this issue especially bearing in mind the media coverage on knife crime in recent months."

"And we#DY#re disappointed that the games sellers concerned don#DY#t seem to have taken their training on board or recognised the fact that these games are given a high age rating for a reason."

Officers targeted officially classified 18-rated games where the content was listed as containing "strong violence". They included the much publicised Grand Theft Auto game which carries a warning about "strong violence, very strong language, sex and drugs references#DY#".

Councillor Michael Leaves, Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Environmental Regulation, said: "Parents will be worried about these test purchase results. The carrying of knives by some young people seems to be a plague at the moment. It#DY#s vital for shops not to sell youngsters knives and I find it very disappointing that any in Plymouth have done so.

"As for violent video games, I believe they must have a detrimental influence on any children who play them and I would not be at all surprised if there was not a connection with the knife crime issue. Everyone who sells these games must take extra care to ensure they only sell them to those who can legally buy them."

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Resource: this is plymouth.co.uk

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