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EXCLUSIVE: New retail crime fighting MP pledges grant funding support for independents

The new chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Retail Crime, MP Steve McCabe, has vowed to create a robust retail crime prevention strategy that works for independent shops.

After RN explained a motion at the NFRN’s Scottish Conference last week calling for government funding for in-store security measures for independents, Mr McCabe pledged his support for the idea as a good way to allow all stores to invest in crime prevention, regardless of their size.

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EXCLUSIVE: Other publishers could be lobbied to join Egmont’s two-tier distribution model

Egmont will lobby other children’s magazine publishers to also give independents returned stock from multiples if it deems the current trial a success.

Discussing the trial, and working with other publishers to create a more efficient supply chain, at the company’s annual insight report on 5 March, the company’s magazine commercial director, Siobhan Galvin, said: “It’s crucial that we collaborate, share best practice and agree a joined-up approach to a sustainable category.”

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Stores named and shamed by press for selling legal smoking accessories

A Mail on Sunday investigation reported the “shocking” discovery that pipes, bongs and grinders – accessories frequently used in the consumption of cannabis – are “on open sale in high-street shops across the UK”.

The BBC and several regional newspapers have run similar stories in recent months.

But Tony Allen, a chartered trading standards practitioner and specialist in restricted-sales law, told RN that the retailers criticised in the Mail on Sunday story had done nothing wrong.

“No restrictions on the sale of this kind of paraphernalia, including bongs, grinders and pipes, exist whatsoever,” said Allen, who runs the Age Check Certification Service (ACCS).

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