Videos of a man dressed in a Spiderman costume punching and kicking an Asda employee have driven yet more demands for new laws to crack down on violence towards shop workers.
The government must “act now to toughen the law” and protect front line retail staff, workers union GMB has said following the latest shocking incident.
It comes as a video depicting a mass brawl at an Asda supermarket in Clapham Junction, South London went viral.
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A group of suspects, five of which have now reportedly been arrested, all dressed in super hero costumes were filmed yelling obscenities, punching and kicking staff members and assaulting bystanders.
Six people reportedly required treatment after the unprovoked attack, which saw the attackers smash a heavy object over a man in a wheelchair before punching him.
It is the latest in a spate of shocking violence towards shop staff which has been sweeping the UK since the start of the pandemic.
Earlier this month, the UK’s leading retailers wrote to the Prime Minister calling him to support an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill that would tackle escalating violence and abuse against retail workers.
The letter has been signed by 100 of the leading UK retailers, which includes Aldi, Asda, WH Smith, Waitrose, the Co-op Group, Sainsbury’s, Amazon, Asos, Tesco and Morrisons amongst others.
According to Avon and Somerset Police’s chief constable Andy Marsh, retailers should look to technology to help reduce violence.
He told Retail Insight Network: “One area where we haven’t yet seen widespread use of body worn cameras is the retail sector. It would be incredibly helpful for the police to have access to body worn footage of incidents towards retail staff and security guards in stores, giving us the evidence we need for prosecutions.
“Without it, the allegation that someone has been threatening, abusive or insulting is a public order offence that can be very difficult to prove.”