Government ‘fails to act’ as 115 retail workers attacked daily, BRC reports


A BRC survey shows how 115 retail workers are attacked every day as the industry renews calls for Government to act quickly.

BRC, Usdaw, ACS and Kate Green MP have made calls for tougher sentences for attacks on shopworkers and additional police officers to address the violence.

The British Retail Consortium reported on how as the industry continues to push the Government to take steps to protect retail colleagues, it follows a consultation that closed over six months ago which showed that during that time, an estimated 21,000 shop workers were attacked in their workplace.

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In June 2019, the BRC submitted evidence, supported by Usdaw and the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS), which showed the scale of retail violence in the UK.

Violence has grown despite record spending of nearly a £1bn per year by retailers on crime prevention.

In response, Kate Green MP is working closely with the BRC on the issue and is pushing for more effective sentences for violent offenders convicted of attacking retail workers and more police officer resources to be dedicated to halting the rise in retail violence.

Kate Green has now tabled written Parliamentary Questions including asking the Justice Secretary what plans the Government has to strengthen sentences for violent offenders who attack retail workers.

Helen Dickinson OBE, chief executive of the BRC, said: “Violence against shop workers is a critical issue and any delays to tackling it will serve only to create more victims. No one should ever go to work in fear for simply carrying out their job.”

Adding: “Retail workers are at the core of our communities across the country and these horrific crimes impact these skilled, passionate and determined individuals that make the industry what it is.”

Earlier this month, the BRC reported on 2019 being the worst year on record for retail.

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