Pro­tect work­ers with £2.5k fines

Sunday Mirror - - SAIRAKHAN - BY NIGEL NEL­SON Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

SHOP staff en­forc­ing new knife and acid laws will need ex­tra pro­tec­tion from an­gry cus­tomers, say MPs.

Labour’s David Han­son will ta­ble changes to the Of­fen­sive Weapons Bill mak­ing threat­en­ing shop staff a new of­fence car­ry­ing £2,500 fines.

The bill re­stricts acid sales and out­laws post­ing knives so cus­tomers must prove in per­son they are over 18.

Mr Han­son said shop staff, not po­lice, will en­force these laws so “if they are put in the front line they ought to be pro­tected”. Each day 265 re­tail work­ers face vi­o­lence with, on av­er­age, two in­ci­dents in­volv­ing guns and six in­volv­ing knives.

Labour MP Alex Nor­ris said: “We ask them to po­lice the law on the sale of al­co­hol, glue, knives and now acid.”

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