MPs set to discuss policy to prevent retail theft and staff abuse

A three-hour parliamentary debate has been scheduled for next week to discuss ways of preventing retail theft and staff abuse.

The announcement, made by David Hanson MP has been welcomed by the trade. Hanson said "Assaults on staff are on the rise, the cost of theft is also rising and I intend [on] pressing the government to examine solutions. Ask your MP to attend.”

A report by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) in 2019 found that the estimated cost of crime against convenience retailers cost the sector £246m over the course of 10,000 reported incidents.

The debate is due to take place at 1.30pm on 11th of April at Westminster Hall.