MP backs Usdaw's 'freedom from fear'

Shopworkers' union Usdaw's Freedom from Fear campaign, aimed at cutting the number of attacks on store staff, has won parliamentary backing.

Tom Watson, Labour MP for West Bromwich East, is leading the push to encourage the Government to work with the union, local authorities and the police in the ongoing battle against retail crime.

Speaking in an adjournment debate, Watson said: 'We have to dispel some myths about retail crime. First it is not a victimless or faceless crime. Retail crime has become an occupational hazard. Violent thieves, aggressive shoppers and abusive customers are making life a misery for retail staff.'

Usdaw deputy general secretary John Hannett, said: 'We are very encouraged that this important issue is being debated at the highest level.'