Violence against shop staff rises

The
number of violent threats against shop workers continues to rise, according to
new figures.

Statistics
from the British Retail Consortium’s annual Retail Crime Survey, show that
threats against shop workers increased sharply in 2002, while the number of
reported attacks fell slightly.

John
Hannett, deputy general secretary of retail union Usdaw, said: "Our
members are telling us loud and clear – enough is enough.

"These
latest figures underline what we have been saying for some time – violence and
abuse against shop workers has reached intolerable levels. It’s up to us,
employers, the Government and the police, to take retail crime much more
seriously."

By Quentin Reade

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