Man arrested as shop worker abused in Shrewsbury town centre

A man was arrested after a member of staff was abused in a shop in Shrewsbury.

He was arrested in the town centre on Thursday afternoon after reports of a man behaving aggressively towards a worker.

Shrewsbury Police said: “We received a report of a male being aggressive towards shop staff in Shrewsbury. Upon attending, an assault and public order offence were established. The suspect was quickly located and arrested by the town centre team. Not acceptable.”

The number of reports of customers behaving aggressively towards shop workers surged across the UK as social distancing and regulations changed the shopping experience.

A call for evidence solicited three and a half thousand responses with the vast majority of cases not reported to the police by the victim.

As a result the Home Office has announced it is introducing measures to support retail staff.

It is hoped the measures will provide effective support for victims of abuse to report incidents to the police. The Government will also ask that police and crime commissioners and chief constables work more closely with local businesses to ensure that thefts of goods under the value of £200 are prosecuted as a criminal offence.

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