Protection for Shopworkers (Offensive Weapons)

Violence is unacceptable wherever it takes place, and violence or abuse against retail staff should not be tolerated. We encourage all victims, including shopworkers, to report these crimes to the police whenever they occur so that they can be recorded and investigated, and the perpetrators brought to justice.

In England and Wales the UK Government are working with all relevant partners through the National Retail Crime Steering Group to explore what more can be done to prevent and tackle violence and abuse against retail staff.

In Scotland however, justice is a devolved matter so the responsibility for creating an specific offence for assaults on shopworkers in Scotland belongs to the Scottish Parliament. I do not know of any plans that the Scottish Government have to introduce a bill to make such an assault a specific offence. However, if it was, I know that my Scottish Conservative Members of the Scottish Parliament will pay close attention to it.