As a mother of two teenage boys and living just a few miles away from the scene of the murder of Yousuf Makki in Altrincham last weekend, the horror of these crimes has really struck home to me.
I’ve been paying close attention to the conversations this week in government around knife crime and other weaponised violence and that’s why I decided to write to the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, offering our support.
In my letter, I’ve explained that as a community-based business we see the impact of social issues in our shops and the threat of weaponised attacks against colleagues has grown. Whilst internally we’re committed to doing all we can to protect colleagues, investing over £70m in technology, training and partnerships, we know we can do more to collaborate across society to tackle the root cause of crime.
I have shared with the Home Secretary some of examples of what we’re committing to as part of our Safer Colleagues, Safer Communities campaign and urged him to remember the role we can play to support. As I set out in the letter we’ve shown that businesses have assets which we can use to help address this terrifying problem. I really believe our Co-op can lead the way showing what businesses can do.
I’m determined that we play our part so would like to ask for your support in sharing this story on Twitter and tagging the Home Secretary @sajidjavid and the Prime Minister, Theresa May, @10DowningStreet to bring this letter to their attention.
CEO Co-op Retail