Scotland business

More than 90% of local shops hit by theft

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Media captionCCTV images show Muhammad Jawad Ali being attacked in January

More than 90% of local shops experienced some form of theft in 2015, according to a new study.

The survey by the Scottish Grocer's Federation also found most abusive or threatening incidents started after a sale was refused or ID was asked for.

About 200 local businesses were quizzed as part of a report set to be launched in Edinburgh later today.

The report also includes a guide for shopkeepers to help increase security and prevent crime.

The guide was developed in partnership with the Scottish Business Resilience Centre and has been endorsed by Police Scotland.

'Traumatised by ordeal'

Researchers found that 92% of those retailers surveyed said they were victims of theft in 2015.

Shopkeeper Muhammad Jawad Ali, 30, is among those set to speak at the launch.

In January, the father-of-four suffered fractures to his face and lost two teeth after he was attacked in his shop in Dennistoun, Glasgow.

CCTV footage showed how the attacker kicked him in the back before smashing a bottle in his face and pinning him in a corner.

He was then repeatedly punched before his attacker fled, throwing the shop's till to the ground as he went.

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Image caption Shopkeeper Ali was punched repeatedly before his attacker escaped

Nothing was stolen in the attack. The shop owner, who said he is still traumatised by his ordeal, decided to speak at today's event to raise awareness of the problems staff face.

The CCTV images show the floor of his shop, on Arc Lane, covered in broken glass and blood after the attack on 3 January.

He said: "The things that happened to me, I don't want to happen to anyone.

"I am taking anxiety tablets. I'm getting nightmares. I can't sleep. I want to build myself up, but things are not the same for me. I lost my confidence."

Six weeks later, no arrests have been made. He believes his attacker, who was over 6ft tall, was the same man who had already caused trouble in the shop on other occasions.

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