A POLICEMAN has blasted Amazon for presenting his son with the option to buy a large kitchen knife and a school backpack together.
Alister Bonafia, 14, had found a grey Mancro anti-theft backpack on the website, when doing his back to school shopping.
Alister Bonafia, son of a Northamptonshire Police Special Constable was presented with this option when looking for a new school rucksack[/caption]
But he was shocked when Amazon suggested he buy a large kitchen knife with the rucksack for £43.99, under the frequently bought together option.
Alister rushed to tell his father Wiz Bonafia, who is a special constable with Northamptonshire Police.
The 42-year-old fumed: “As a parent I was shocked and worried how easy it looks for my 14-year-old son to buy a knife and how normal Amazon are making it look.
“As a Special Constable that sees how knife crime is impacting communities in Northamptonshire, I’m even more shocked.
“Alister was as shocked as I was, that’s why he came running to me to show me.
“I have had a chat with him about knife crime and what he should do if faced with a knife, so he knows the gravity of knife crime.”
Mr Bonafia insisted Amazon should not be exempt from trying to reduce knifed crime.
He added: “We all have to play our part in reducing knife crime, Amazon is no exception.”
It comes after a leading doctor slammed retailers for selling knives to children.
NHS trauma surgeon Dr Martin Griffiths told the NHS Expo conference in Manchester that retailers should not sell zombie knives as they have “no use other than to cause serious harm.”
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Dr Mark Prince, whose son Kiyan was stabbed to death outside school in north London in 2006, said Amazon should stop focusing on revenue.
He commented: “Websites are putting money before people, so we need to start focusing on people.
“They need to think about how their offers are affecting the social issues and the next generation.
“Have some integrity and don’t just focus on revenue, think about the impact that your decisions have.”
There is no indication people can buy such knives on Amazon.
Amazon declined to comment.
But the retailer said it had now changed the offer so the kitchen knife no longer appeared with the backpack.
A spokesman said it has checks to stop people aged under 25 buying knives on its website.
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