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Gang jailed for blowing up ATMs across UK

The gang’s targets included three Co-ops and a Tesco Express in Scotland

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ACS reveals £232m cost of crime against c-stores

10 Mar 2017 | By Simon Banks

Crime against convenience retailers cost the sector an estimated £232m, which equates to £4,600 per store, according to the (ACS) Association of Convenience Store’s Crime Report 2017.

New posters will appear imminently carrying the message: “Have you noticed anything’s missing?”

Imperial Tobacco and FWD launch anti illicit trade campaign

06 Mar 2017 | By Simon Banks

Imperial Tobacco and the Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) have joined forces to combat illicit trade with a new wholesale-focused instalment to the ‘Suspect it? Report it!’ Campaign. 


Retailers unite with authorities to target UK forecourt theft

22 Feb 2017 | By Andrew Don

Convenience stores are targeting fuel theft on the UK’s forecourts in a joint assault with the Home Office, police and the wider fuel industry.

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SGF calls for new approach to tackle Scottish "crime wave"

16 Feb 2017 | By Andrew Don

The Scottish Grocers Federation (SGF) is exploring a new legislative approach to tackling violent crime against shop staff after it reported that a quarter of convenience stores regularly experience physical and verbal abuse


Under Age Sales leads push for stricter sentencing powers

02 Feb 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Under Age Sales is working in partnership with USDAW and the National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) to lobby Parliament this year on introducing tougher sentences for those who commit violence against retailers after being asked for identification.

Shop theft climbs to highest volume since 2003

Shop theft climbs to highest volume since 2003

25 Jan 2017 | By Simon Banks

Shop theft has increased annually by 5% according to the Office for National Statistics, the highest volume since the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in 2003. 

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Merseyside police clamp down on Christmas retail crime

16 Nov 2016 Updated: 18 Nov 2016 | By Simon Banks

Retailers in Merseyside have been given additional support from police to protect their businesses from retail crime in the run-up to Christmas.


Alcohol and tobacco tax gaps prompt calls for action

21 Oct 2016 | By Robin Mannering

Official figures have revealed that the combined alcohol and tobacco tax gaps totalled £3.6bn in 2015, prompting renewed calls for tougher sanctions for retailers selling illicit products.

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New partnership seeks to put brakes on forecourt crime

28 Sep 2016 | By Gaelle Walker

National crime-reporting platform Facewatch has partnered with payment recovery firm Forecourt Eye in a bid to crack down on record levels of theft from petrol forecourts.

Tara's News in High Wycombe was broken into for the first time in 18-years

Retailer issues social media ultimatum to thieves

26 Sep 2016 | By Simon Banks

Retailer Raaj Chandarana successfully turned to social media to help him offer shoplifters a chance of redemption.

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Harsher penalties urged as illicit tobacco grows

13 Sep 2016 | By Gaelle Walker

An urgent review of illicit trade sanctions and sentencing is being called for after a new Trading Standards report revealed a steep rise in illicit tobacco seizures and high levels of repeat offending.

C-store’s satisfied with local policing

Retailers welcome improving local policing standards

05 Sep 2016 | By Simon Banks

Retailers are painting an improving picture of local policing, which has been echoed by a high-profile new report on standards.


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Donna Mullan

Onwards and upwards!

20 Apr 2017 | By Donna Mullan

Donna Mullan, co-owner of Mullan’s Spar in Armagh, describes the impact of winning CRA 2017.

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