Swiss jacket with knife pulled from shops

A discount retail chain in Britain says it has removed Swiss-branded jackets from its stores after learning that a pocketknife attached by a chain was included in the purchase.

This content was published on October 3, 2008 - 17:17

T.K. Maxx said it removed the Strellson Swiss Cross coats from sale as soon as it became aware that the coats included the promotional gift.

Britain has seen a recent spate of knife attacks, particularly among young people, leading to street protests against the crime wave.

A total of 27 teenagers have been the victims of fatal stabbings in London alone this year, which is already higher than the total for 2007.

Last year, a T.K. Maxx assistant was stabbed to death at work in a store north of London. The retail store is owned by Massachusetts-based TJX Companies Inc., which also owns United States chains T.J. Maxx and Marshalls.

Strellson Swiss Cross is a brand of the Swiss-owned clothing company Strellson, with headquarters in Kreuzlingen. The story of the Swiss jacket with the concealed knife has made headlines in British tabloids.

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