Anna supports calls to make betting shops safer

Anna Turley, Labour candidate for Redcar, has today (4th December 2013) echoed calls for renewed efforts to make betting shops safer following a robbery at a bookmakers in South Bank.

Two men stole money from Coral on Normanby Road in South Bank. The incident took place on Tuesday (3rd December 2013).

Community Union Assistant General Secretary, John Parks, has previously stated that “the betting industry is at a crossroads” and “we need to see a renewed effort from the industry in engaging with its staff about their concerns to ensure the industry provides more sustainable and safer employment opportunities in the future.”

Anna said:
“Crime in betting shops seems to be a worrying trend that has been growing in recent years. On average there are 165 incidents a week requiring police assistance in betting shops including the very sad case of a lone betting shop worker being murdered.

“Fortunately, the incident in South Bank didn’t involve weapons and nobody was hurt. Regardless, it must serve as a reminder of how vulnerable staff can be in this type of work environment.

“More needs to be done by both Government and all the different bookmakers to ensure staff members feel safe in the workplace and I – alongside Community Union – will campaign to ensure industry standards improve.”

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