Till snatch at Co-op in Horsley Woodhouse sparks retailer's condemnation
Supermarket chiefs are reminding the public that aggression towards staff will not be tolerated after a violent till-snatching incident in Amber Valley.
A man entered the Co-op store in Horsley Woodhouse where he lunged over the till to grab cash and fled.
Staff were unhurt but left shaken by the incident on Friday, November 20, at 1pm.
Craig Goldie, loss prevention manager at Central England Co-op, said; “We strongly condemn any form of abuse or violence towards our colleagues who are just doing their job.
“This type of incident reinforces our ongoing campaign calling for better protection for shopworkers and highlights our zero tolerance policy on all types of crime aimed at our colleagues and customers.
"Once again, we are sending a clear message out to anyone who might consider targeting our colleagues and stores – it is not worth the risk and no crime will be tolerated.”
The retailer issued its ‘not worth the risk’ warning to criminals as part of a campaign to keep colleagues and customers safe as the nights draw in and Covid-19 restrictions continue.
The campaign comes on the back of new figures which show that, in Central England Co-op stores this year, verbal abuse has risen by 205%, threats and intimidation by 122% and assaults by 47%. The retailer has recorded a total of 232 crimes related directly to Covid-19.
In the coming months, the retailer will expand a service that allows colleagues, at the touch of the button, to call for assistance, and put tracking devices in more products to deter would-be thieves.