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Martin McColls Ltd shop chain fined over robbery safety

A chain of newsagents that failed to protect its staff from violent robberies has been fined £150,000.

Martin McColls Ltd was also ordered to pay costs of £78,000 after admitting six breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

It was fined at Liverpool Crown Court after a Wirral Council investigation.

The breaches relate to the business's failure to protect its employees from the risks posed by workplace violence in six robberies at four branches.

The case follows a lengthy investigation by officers of the council's environmental health team into six violent robberies in Wirral between 26 April 2011 and 2 January 2012.

Wirral Council cabinet member for environment and sustainability, Councillor Bernie Mooney, said: "This case sends a clear message that it is vital for employers to seriously assess the risk of workplace violence and put reasonable control measures in place to protect both their customers and employees."

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