Picture: Home Office Minister Victoria Atkins MP with NFRN Head of Political Engagement Adrian Roper and National President Mike Mitchelson

NFRN members’ concerns about the safety of shop owners and their staff, together with potential solutions, were shared with the Home Office Minister at a top level industry summit on retail crime in London earlier today (Tuesday December 11).

Among attendees were NFRN National President Mike Mitchelson and Head of Political Engagement Adrian Roper who joined Victoria Atkins, the Minister responsible for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability; MPs David Hanson and Richard Graham; Chief Inspector Patrick Holdaway from the National Business Crime Centre; and representatives from other retail groups and trade organisations.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Mitchelson said: “Retail crime is of huge concern to the NFRN and every independent retailer has the right to feel safe in their stores, especially when it comes to selling age restricted products.

“We were pleased to have the opportunity to share our members’ concerns about their safety with the Home Office Minister. Shop owners and their staff do feel vulnerable, particularly when they are confronted by angry customers when they are dealing with the sale of age restricted products. Everyone behind a counter needs to feel they have the law on their side and the protection of police and those are points that we stressed at today’s meeting.”

Mr Roper, meanwhile, raised concerns at the decision by some police forces not to investigate shoplifting incidents when the goods stolen were less than £200.

The Minister agreed to look at the possibility of holding a consultation into the types of measures that could be introduced to protect retail staff and will formally respond after Christmas.

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