Police crackdown needed to protect shopworkers, say MPs

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Police are failing to protect shopworkers against a rise in abuse in recent years and over the course of the pandemic, a new government report has found.

MPs have called for a new standalone law to be introduced that would make it a criminal offence to assault shopworkers in England and Wales to “send a powerful and long overdue message that assaults on retail workers will not be tolerated”.

A recent report by the BRC found that abuse against shopworkers rose 7% in 2019-20, equating to one incident per minute during a nine-hour working day, while the Co-op said incidents of violent crime against its staff had increased fourfold in the past six years.

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