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The Federation of Independent Retailers  (NFRN) will continue to push for better protection for shop workers despite amendments to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill being withdrawn as the subject was debated in the House of Lords.

Chairman of the NFRN’s political engagement committee Shahid Razzaq said: “We are grateful to the members of the House of Lords who supported retailers during last night’s debate by raising the plight that people working in shops face every day.  Theft, vandalism and physical and verbal attacks are an all too familiar part of life for independent retailers.

“We will continue to lobby the government, police chiefs and police and crime commissioners for greater legal protection for everyone who works in retail.”

Ahead of the Bill entering the Committee stage, the NFRN had called on House of Lords members to support the amendments.

In a briefing, the NFRN said that “no one should have to suffer abuse or violence just for doing their job, and the NFRN believes that more needs to be done to protect retail workers and punish those who attack them.”

The NFRN hopes that yesterday’s debate, and the support the amendment received across the House, will encourage the government to table its own amendment to the Bill, guaranteeing support in both the House of Lords, and crucially, when the Bill returns to the House of Commons.

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