The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has urged both the government and the opposition to introduce a tougher stance on retail crime.

ACS chief executive James Lowman met Justice Secretary Jack Straw to air concerns about Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs). The Minister agreed that there was a need for a national database for repeat offenders and for consultation with victims on whether a FPN is appropriate.

"It is clear the minister understands the importance of effective sanctions for retail crime," Lowman said. "We are keen to work with the Department to make FPNs work better - for example, preventing the issuing of penalties to repeat offenders and cracking down on those who do not pay."

The ACS also recently made a case to the Conservative Retail Crime Commission for tougher sanctions on offenders. It argued for a stronger approach in the use of penalty notices and better support for retail staff from the police.