Retailers Sign Up to Voluntary Ban on Acid Sales

Some of the UK’s largest retailers have agreed to voluntarily stop sales of acids to customers under 18 years old.

A number of DIY stores and supermarkets have signed up to the ban, which will apply to drain cleaners and domestic products with high acid concentrations.

The Home Office has already proposed new laws to limit the sale of corrosive substances amid continuing concern over rising numbers of acid attacks.

A fifth of acid attackers identified in 2016-17 were under 18 years old.

The proposed legislation would make it unlawful to sell the substances to under-18s, and also make it a criminal offence to be in possession of acid in a public place without good reason.

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