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Almost two million counterfeit £1 coins were returned to the Royal Mint in the last financial year. This was more than 23 times higher than the number seized six years earlier.

An estimated 1 in 36 £1 coins in circulation is counterfeit, prompting a campaign by the Royal Mint advising the public on how to spot forgeries.

Convenience Store magazine has launced a petition to the Prime Minister calling for greater protection, improved response to incidents and stiffer sentences for those found guilty of violent attacks on shopworkers.

From Convenience Store;

"Enough is enough: this needs to go right to the top. The murder last month of Diana Garbutt in the living quarters above her post office in Melsonby, North Yorkshire, means that six store owners or workers have been murdered in local shops since January 2009. Coming as it does so soon after the brutal slaying of Gurmail Singh in his c-store in Huddersfield, it is now clear to everyone in the neighbourhood retail industry that the government and the law enforcement authorities need to give a higher priority to protecting those serving communities in local stores."

As proud sponsor of the Convenience Store Zero Tolerance campaign, last night saw Loomis attend this years Convenience Retail Awards held at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel.

Loomis were delighted to both attend and present the award for Zero Tolerance on the night which is an opportunity for the convenience sector to recognise outstanding achievement.

The CRA Zero Tolerance award was presented to Lesley & William Brown, who run Frankmarsh Stores in Barnstaple, Devon. The award stood as recognition to their commitment to the local community and their stand against local crime.