A CAMPAIGN for tougher sentence for those who attack shop workers has been launched.
The family of murdered shopkeeper Gurmail Singh are appealing for stricter sentences and have been backed by Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman.
“I am fully in agreement that the higher end of the tariff should be used in sentencing people who attack shopkeepers, but this is about more than just sentencing. We need to prevent it from happening too and shopkeepers themselves can do something about it.
“They are vulnerable, you see these single-handed or family run stores and there’s signs and advertisements covering the windows.
“People cannot see in or out and it makes them vulnerable and doesn’t give them the protection they need.”
After speaking to Chief Superintendent John Robins, the Labour veteran added: “I’m reassured that he shared my concerns.”
It is 15 months since the tragic death of Gurmail Singh, 63, who was battered to death with bottles of wine during a robbery at Cowcliffe Convenience Stores.
Muawaz Khalid, 20, of Blackmoorfoot Road, Crosland Moor, was given life with a minimum of 21 years for murder, 10 years concurrent for robbery, Nabeel Shafi, 18, of Park Hill, Bradley, got life with a minimum of 20 years for murder; three-and-a-half years concurrent for robbery.
Umare Aslam, 20, of Coniston Avenue, Dalton, got six-and-a-half years for robbery, Rehman Afzal, 18, of Jacinth Court, Fartown, got five years and four months for robbery and Shoaib Khan, 18, of Calton Street, Hillhouse served eight months for assisting an offender.