Anti-violence scheme racks up success

12 December, 2008

Bury and Salford councils have pioneered a scheme to prevent violence against retailers - which is now being being rolled out to other local authorities.

The project, developed with shop workers' union Usdaw and Greater Manchester Police, led to a 75% reduction in armed robberies in retail and licensed premises in Bury and a 49% reduction in Salford. It is now being introduced across Greater Manchester, and other local authorities are

said to be interested .

The scheme included guidance for retailers based on Usdaw's Freedom From Fear campaign , training for environmental health officers on crime reduction and joint working and information sharing between local authorities and

police.

It scooped the Health & Safety Executive local authority liaison body 2008 award for innovation last month.

Usdaw's Freedom From Fear campaign aims to prevent violence, threats and abuse against shop workers.

The theme of the campaign is

Keep Your Cool at Christmas - see usdaw.org.uk.

Campaign funding

Havering Council has won

£28,800 from the Home Office to help tackle irresponsible drinking. The cash will be used on a variety of projects in the London borough to deal with under-age sales and educate young people about the dangers of binge-drinking.

Among other initiatives, it will fund theatre performances for teenagers, test purchases and education .




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