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Prime Minister's Funding Injection for Left-Behind Towns Welcomed by Bira

10 Oct 2023

British Independent Retail Association (Bira) acknowledges the Government's investment in towns across the UK.
 
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9 Oct 2023

Policing minister Chris Philp has encouraged shop workers to make ‘citizen’s arrests’ on shoplifters, a message branded as ‘dangerous and irresponsible’  by... Read more…

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Indie shops in Liverpool create their own security network to combat shoplifters.

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An independent shop owner in Liverpool has said that independent shops in the city centre have taken to creating their own security WhatsApp group, warning each other of shoplifters in the area.

Matta's food shop

Dalip Matta, owner of family-run business Matta’s International Food, which has had a home on Bold Street for four decades, told LBC that most small businesses can’t afford dedicated security staff, so they’ve created a WhatsApp group to help each other. Bold Street is one of Liverpool’s busiest and most popular streets. It’s home to many independent businesses, bars, restaurants, and shops selling an array of items.

Mr Matta says shop theft has gone up by at least 25% this year alone and claims to have lost hundreds of pounds in the last few weeks alone through shoplifting.

“Bold Street stores, they collaborate. There’s like a WhatsApp group and stuff,” he said.

“They send pictures of people they’ve caught, or they’re suspicious or they’ve seen them rob through CCTV cameras.

“So that is going around now, it’s a Bold Street WhatsApp group, along with some other shops. We’ve got together to see what we can do and help each other. That’s how it is.

“It is an issue and, obviously, it's coming up to Christmas so hopefully it won’t get any worse. We’re going to have to be more vigilant, buckle our belts up and get through this.”

Mr Matta started working at the shop as a teenager on the shop floor in the 90’s, before taking over the running of the shop from his father.

He says he does get angry and upset that people steal from his shop, but ultimately feels sorry for people that they must resort to these drastic measures to get by.

Mr Matta says he has had to rearrange parts of his shop to try and control the problem.

“We’ve had to move a few things around the store and behind the counter because we had a few people come in just for certain, things like high-end drinks and stuff like that.

“That started early in the year, and recently, just a few weeks ago, we had a big range of organic cleaning products imported from America which are quite expensive.

“We had a couple hundred quid’s worth taken in a couple of days. They came, we replenished, and then they came back again the next day.

“The amount of thieving has gone up quite a lot, at least 25%.”

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