London mayor calls for tougher laws to protect shopworkers

Khan, who is up for re-election as London mayor on 6 May, said: “The pandemic has horrifically led to a doubling of the rate of incidents of abuse against retail staff, who have done such a fantastic job during the pandemic. That’s why, I back the campaign to introduce legislation which would classify attacking a retail worker as an aggravated assault to help ensure that those convicted face tougher criminal sanctions.”

The move has been welcomed by the NFRN. National president, Stuart Reddish, said: “Independent retailers have been and continue to be at the frontline during this crisis, and have to deal with physical and verbal threats on a near-daily basis for simply doing their jobs.

“We welcome Mr Khan’s support and we will continue to lobby the government to tighten the law, so that any form of attack on shop workers is taken more seriously and has more stringent penalties for those who commit such crimes.”

The NFRN is calling on MPs in Westminster to now support the Assaults on Retail Workers (Offences) Bill presented by Alex Norris MP in 2020.

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