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Violence and abuse toward shop staff: Government response

By July 7, 2020National News

The Home Secretary has set out plans to crack down on abuse and violence against shopworkers. 

The steps, which are detailed in the Home Office’s response to a call for evidence on the issue, are designed to improve support for victims and ensure perpetrators face justice. 

They include working with the National Retail Crime Steering Group (NRCSG) on a best practice guide to support staff in reporting these crimes, strengthening and making full use of existing laws, and improving data sharing between businesses and the police. 

In addition, the Crime and Policing Minister will write to PCCs and Chief Constables underscoring the importance of working closely with local businesses to tackle this issue and emphasising that the theft of goods valued up to £200 from a shop should be prosecuted as a criminal offence. 

You can read the response here as an online pdf (opens in a new tab) 

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