Police are giving criminals carte blanche to attack shopkeepers retail chief warns

James Lowman, the chief executive of the Association of Convenience Stores, said retail staff were feeling increasingly isolated and often believed they had no choice but… Recent figures suggested there are now almost 10,000 assaults on retail staff every year, with attackers becoming increasingly violent, often arming themselves with deadly weapons. Criminals have been given “carte blanche” to rob and attack shopkeepers because the police no longer intervene and the courts no longer punish, a senior retail industry figure has warned. At the same time shoplifting offences have rocketed across the country, with many police forces no longer sending officers to investigate when crimes are reported.