Supermarket Asda has promised to remove single kitchen knives from sale at ‘all of its stores’ by end of April 2019 in a bid to lower knife crime.

It’s believed that Asda is making this move due to fears of their knives being involved in fatal stabbings.

Nick Jones, Senior Vice President, said the move was to contribute to the ‘knife’ crisis.

‘Whilst we have already taken steps to restrict the sale of knives to ensure that they do not fall into the wrong hands, we felt there was more we could be doing to support those looking at how to bring this issue under control,’ he added.

The retailer announced the move yesterday as pressure mounted for action to be taken to reduce knife crime following a string of stabbings on teenagers, especially in the past couple of days.

‘Whilst we have already taken steps to restrict the sale of knives to ensure that they do not fall into the wrong hands, we felt there was more we could be doing to support those looking at how to bring this issue under control,’ he added.

‘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.’

The supermarket has outlets across Hampshire including Andover, Basingstoke, Eastleigh and Southampton.

A Home Office spokesman said: ‘We welcome this move by Asda to restrict access to knives in their stores.

‘It is already illegal to sell knives to under-18s and retailers are playing their part in ensuring they don’t fall into the wrong hands.