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Central England Co-op records rise in harassment towards staff

20th May 2020

Central England Co-op has branded a rise in violent offences and people threatening to cough and spit in the faces of staff working through the coronavirus pandemic as “totally unacceptable”.

The grocery chain has been forced to reiterate a plea for its teams to be treated with “care, compassion and respect”.

It said it recorded a rising trend of verbal abuse and threats from customers since the UK entered lockdown and implemented social distancing measures in essential retail stores that have been able to remain open.



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