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Traders stop selling corrosive products in bid to halt acid attacks

PUBLISHED: 14:49 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:49 13 November 2017

Five shops in the borough have stopped selling corrosive substances. Photo: Emma Youle

Five shops in the borough have stopped selling corrosive substances. Photo: Emma Youle

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Five shops in Barking and Dagenham have stopped selling corrosive products in support of the council’s fight to tackle acid attacks in the borough.

In addition 16 retailers have signed up to a voluntary agreement in an effort to prevent products, such as drain cleaners, falling into the wrong hands.

Last week, four traders in Green Lane, Dagenham, and 12 in Barking town centre pledged to support the ‘responsible retailer charter’ which is being spearheaded by the council’s trading standard officers.

By adhering to the charter shops will refuse to sell corrosive products to suspicious customers with workers being trained in how to spot a dubious sale.

Councillor Laila Butt, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, said: “This is a very welcome development and shows what can be achieved when businesses work in partnership with the council, police and the community as a whole.

“I commend the efforts of these business owners who not only recognise the impact their business has on the community but have chosen to act in a socially responsible manner.”

Last month the government announced it will bring in new a law that bans the sale of corrosive substances to under 18s.

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