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Violence at work campaign launched.

Byline: ALEX HICKEY

POLICE, council chiefs and health and safety officers have launched a crackdown on violence at work.

Flintshire Council officers have joined forces with the Health and Safety Executive and North Wales Police to tackle work-related violence and aggression.

Last month, workers at a Mold jewellers were sprayed in the face in a shocking robbery.

Two masked men burst into the shop on Wrexham Road and assaulted the two women working there.

Police are still hunting the culprits.

Dr Paul McGreary, head of public protection at Flintshire, said: "We are working together with other agencies to keep businesses and their staff safe from the effects of crime.

"Many events and crimes go unreported.

"However it''s important that we learn more about them so we can target out efforts accordingly."

National statistics show one shop worker is attacked or threatened every minute of the day.

And as many as 60% of businesses experience crime.

The clampdown has been launched as part of a national scheme involving all local authorities in Wales.

During the 18-month project, officers will be visiting a range of retail premises in the county to provide advice and guidance.

. FOR more information, call the council's health and safety enforcement team on 01352 703381.
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Date:Oct 18, 2010
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