Medway council to discuss motion over sale of acid in local shops - calling for anyone looking under 25 to produce ID
PUBLISHED: 09:10 12 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:10 12 October 2017
Comes following a spate of attacks using corrosive substances
Labour councillors in Medway are calling on any who looks under the age of 25 to be challenged to provide ID as proof of age if they are buying any form of corrosive substances.
It comes amid mounting concerns about acid attacks which have been used across the country.
The home secretary confirmed earlier this week new laws are to be introduced to control the sale of such substances to under 18s. But the opposition group at the unitary authority want action taken now.
At a meeting in the council chambers tonight (Thursday), Labour is seeking cross-party support for a motion to introduce a Challenge 25 system by retailers in the area - similiar to that used by pubs and off licences.
A similar scheme has recently been introduced in the London borough of Newham, where scores of retailers have already agreed to operate Challenge 25 rules.
The motion reads: “This council notes the disturbing rise of violent crime across the country involving the use of corrosive substances and requests the cabinet and relevant council officers to encourage retailers across Medway to participate in a voluntary Challenge 25 system for the sale of these potentially dangerous products.”
Dan McDonald, Medway Labour’s licensing spokesman, said: “New legislation is long overdue and cannot come quickly enough in the wake of a sickening rise in the use of acid as a weapon in violent crime.
“Such a ban is beyond the power of Medway Council to enact, but we can take an important step towards restricting access to these substances on Thursday.
“We hope Conservative colleagues join us to support this motion. I am sure responsible retailers in Medway will, like those in Newham where there have been several high-profile acid attacks in recent months, embrace a plan to make the streets of Medway safer.”