Protect workers with £2.5k fines
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.”
FEARS MP David Hanson