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Over 50,000 attacks on shop workers took place last year

MORE THAN 50,000 attacks on shopworkers took place last year, a report by retail employers revealed today.

The Association of Convenience Stores’ (ACS)  annual crime survey Evidence for Action reports that 25 per cent of the incidents resulted in injury.

Now ACS and shopworkers’ union Usdaw have issued a joint call for government action to halt the epidemic of violence and abuse.

Union general secretary Paddy Lillis said: “Usdaw’s research has shown that over 400 shopworkers across all sectors of retail are assaulted every day.

“[The] ACS report confirms that the problem is a particular issue for the convenience sector.

“When retail employers and the shopworkers’ trade union jointly call for action to stem this growing epidemic of violence against shop staff, it’s time for ministers to sit up and take notice.”

Retail staff “deserve the protection of the law,” he said.

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