British retail chain withdraws "knife jackets" from sale
Swiss-made Strellson jackets are removed from TK Maxx shelves after realizing the item might have mistakenly been seen as promoting knife crime.6 October 2008
LONDON -- A leading clothing store in Britain has withdrawn from sale a range of jackets sold with a free penknife with a six-centimetre blade after complaints that the item could be seen as "promoting knife crime," it was reported Friday.
The TK Maxx chain said it took the Swiss-made so-called Strellson jackets off the shelves after realizing the sensitive nature of the knife crime debate in Britain.
In London alone, 27 young people have been stabbed to death so far this year.
"Recently we became aware that a Swiss-branded coat on sale in store included a pocket penknife as a promotional gift. Once aware of this issue, we followed all necessary procedures to remove the items swiftly from the supply chain," a spokesman said.
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