Michael De Vasco, a graphic designer who lives on The Ridgeway, became the latest victim yesterday. He spoke to our reporter and revealed: ‘I walked into DeNoosh Kitchenware on Leigh Road and purchased what I thought in good faith was a Robert Welch Signature 6-piece set of kitchen knives for £399.99 – the trader threw in a Venetian granite chopping board as well.’
‘When I got home, it turned out to be a box containing a £9 set of knives from Lidl, and the chopping board was a pavement slab that he had stolen from outside his shop. I reported him to the police, but I was told that they already have an incredible backlog of kitchenware-related fraud cases to get through first.’
Chloe Pancetta, a 21 year old fashion engineer who lives near The Broadway, is also upset at becoming what she describes as ‘a statistic’ of Leigh knife crime.
She told our Chief Reporter: ‘I was enjoying lunch in Le Pamplemousse Confondu in Old Leigh, and I accidentally buttered my petit pain with a jam knife – there were eleven different knives on the table and I had already had a couple of glasses of Chateau de Cheval 1978.’
‘Within a few seconds, the manager grabbed me from my seat and threw me into the street. I suffered from concussion and a sprained pelvis, and I still haven’t received an apology as the local police are investigating.’
Leviathan Montrose-Nash, manager of Le Pamplemousse Confondu, wouldn’t speak to our reporter. We received a brief email statement from the managing company to say that a ‘Cutlery Etiquette Offence’ had been reported, but no further details were given.