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Attacks on betting shop staff up 40 per cent, Assembly warned

PUBLISHED: 21:21 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:57 05 October 2010

VIOLENT attacks on betting shop staff in London has shot up by 40 per cent in three years, City Hall was told today. Now the London Assembly is calling on Mayor Boris Johnson and London’s 33 town halls to back moves to make life safer for employees, as part of a campaign to improve security in the betting trade

VIOLENT attacks on betting shop staff in London have shot up by 40 per cent in three years, City Hall was told today.

Now the London Assembly is calling on Mayor Boris Johnson and London’s 33 town halls to back moves to make life safer for employees, as part of a campaign to improve security in the betting trade.

“This highlights the needs of vulnerable employees who deserve a safer environment,” East London Member John Biggs told today’s Assembly meeting.

“The rise in vicious attacks against staff working in betting shops must be addressed by improving security and setting better standards for support and protection.”

The Assembly overwhelmingly backed his motion for a better deal for employees who he says are not given the protection other workers take for granted.

His resolution calls for agreement by operators to improve standards—or face Assembly demands for action to force change.


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