LOCAL shops are appealing to the public to “keep cool at Christmas” and oppose police cuts.
Following a recruitment freeze in 2010 as the force revealed it had to cut its budget by £24m by 2014/5, concerns have been raised about how this will affect the community.
In light of this and a busy festive season, Tesco stores in Scarborough have joined the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers, or USDAW, in its Freedom from Fear campaign to protect shop workers from violence and abuse.
Checkout coordinator Hayley Pickles said: “There are not just cuts to pension but cuts to everything and cuts in police have an impact in retail and communities.
“If people want to sign a petition to say to the government they’re cutting too far and too fast, they can pick up a form from the customer service desk in the Westwood store.
“At this time of year incidents can happen to shopworkers, staff are stretched more than ever, so we ask the public to be more patient and understanding and we’ll get through Christmas.
Mrs Pickles who is also a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator of Seamer and Crossgates, is further appealing for communities to get involved in looking after one another.
She added: “It’s about helping everyone, being a good neighbour and reporting if you see anything suspicious in the community.”
Anyone interested in joining Neighbourhood Watch for the area should call (01723) 865462.