In a bid to limit access to, and further strengthen the controls against possessing, a corrosive substance, the Government has implemented new law which came into force on the 1st November 2018.
Nazaqat Maqsoom of Kangs Solicitors comments.
Background | Kangs Corrosive Substances Advisory Solicitors
Earlier this year, the Home Office announced Voluntary Commitments Agreements in order to promote responsible sales of acid and corrosive substances.
These commitments included:
- agreeing not to sell products containing potentially harmful levels of acid or corrosive substances to anyone under the age of 18
- agreeing to comply with the Poisons Act 1972 and
- to promote awareness to staff of the situation.
A number of major retailers signed up to these Commitments including Wickes, Screwfix, B&Q, Wilko, Waitrose, John Lewis, Tesco, the Co-op, Morrisons, Aldi UK, Lakeland, Asda and Homebase.
The New Law | Kangs Criminal Law Advisory Team
The new legislation renders sulphuric acid containing a concentration level of 15% a regulated explosives precursor with the result that members of the public will be required to obtain a licence from the Home Office if it is wished to import, acquire, possess or use sulphuric acid with a concentration at that level.
In order to obtain a Licence the “applicants must need a legitimate purpose for a Home Office Licence and must disclose any relevant health issues and previous criminal offences”.
Consequences Of Breach | Kangs Serious Crime Defence Solicitors
Anyone found breaking the law faces two years imprisonment and an unlimited fine.
This sentence also applies to retailers failing to check that any purchaser possesses a valid licence
How We Can Help? | Kangs Criminal Defence Team
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