Campaign targets violence

24 April, 2009

Court Not Caution claims justice for assaulted shop workers

OLN is teaming up with sister magazine Morning Advertiser to support a major campaign to get justice for shop, pub, and bar staff who are assaulted at work.

The Court Not Caution initiative has been launched by National Pubwatch to ensure thugs who attack retailers and licensees are brought before court - rather than being let off with police cautions or fixed penalty notices.

National Pubwatch chairman Steve Baker said: "People working in the licensed trade feel that the criminal justice system is not supporting them .

"Individuals that challenge a licensee or their staff's efforts to run their business by acting in a violent

manner should

face consequences for their actions."

In a bid to ensure offenders face proper justice, National Pubwatch president Nigel Evans MP is tabling an Early Day Motion to urge parliamentary support for the campaign.

The Home Office, police, and Crown Prosecution Service are also being

contacted to encourage a change in attitude.

OLN readers can register their support for the

initiative

through a petition to Gordon Brown at http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/courtnotcaution/.

Assaults on retailers jump 78% in Scotland: RAC

Incidents of abuse or violence against retail staff have jumped 78% in the past three years in Scotland - with 892 recorded incidents in 2008,

according to new figures from Retailers Against Crime .

RAC links the rise in violence to

the

recession.

As part of its efforts to protect staff from workplace violence, the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives has appointed Linda Shanahan as national violence prevention manager.

The centre

provides a free

health and safety service .

Visit healthyworkinglives.com .




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