Call to crack down on store thugs

Daily Star - - NEWS - ■ by JACK AN­DREWS­

A SURGE in as­saults on shop­work­ers has sparked an ur­gent call for tougher sen­tences for at­tack­ers.

Vi­o­lence against store staff in­creased by more than a quar­ter in the last year de­spite a record £1billion be­ing spent by re­tail­ers on crime pre­ven­tion.

Shop own­ers and the work­ers’ union have joined forces to urge the Gov­ern­ment to come down hard on High

Street at­tack­ers.

The Bri­tish Re­tail Con­sor­tium (BRC) and Usdaw also de­manded that more po­lice re­sources should be tar­geted at pro­tect­ing re­tail staff.

BRC chief ex­ec­u­tive He­len Dickinson said: “Ev­ery­one de­serves to go to work free from fear. “The lat­est re­tail crime statis­tics are shock­ing. “This is not a vic­tim­less crime – those tar­geted with threats and abuse carry those ex­pe­ri­ences for a life­time.

“It af­fects not just hard­work­ing shop­work­ers, but also their fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties.

“Vi­o­lence against shop­work­ers re­mains one of the most press­ing is­sues re­tail­ers face and the next gov­ern­ment must take ac­tion to stamp it out.”

Paddy Lil­lis, from Usdaw, inset, added: “Re­tail staff have a cru­cial role in our com­mu­ni­ties and that role must be val­ued and re­spected – they de­serve the pro­tec­tion of the law.” with them

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