The discount clothing store chain TK Maxx has stopped selling a hooded jacket with a free knife after a customer outcry.
The jacket has a chain attached to the lining which leads to an inside pocket, where the 2.5in blade penknife is concealed.
Steve Gale, a shopper in Farnborough, Hampshire, found one of the coats in his local store. He told the Sun: “I pulled the chain and out came this knife. I couldn’t believe it. It was actually part of the coat.”
It is illegal to market a blade in a way likely to encourage violence or to sell knives to under-18s.
A TK Maxx spokesman said it supported and enforced “all laws and regulations with regard to the sale of knives in stores”.
He said the chain had instructed its stores to remove the Strellson coat after it found out it came with a pocket penknife “as a promotional gift”.
Hampshire police declined to comment.
I can guess what the Hampshire coppers had to say – about the idiots at T.K.Maxx. It just ain’t fit to print.