ATTACKS ON SHOP STAFF UP BY 25%
Call to crack down on store thugs
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
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