Prime Minister Rishi Sunak spoke to shop workers as he rolled out plans aimed at tackling shoplifting.

Mr Sunak visited Boots in Horsham to unveil new plans to make assaulting shop workers an offence.

The Prime Minister was also seen speaking to police officers after being quizzed by The Argus this morning.

Mr Sunak spoke to staff, managers and Boots bosses in Swan Walk Shopping Centre about their experiences with shoplifting.

The government announced plans to create a specific criminal offence of assaulting a shop worker in a bid to cut down attacks on staff.

Mr Sunak then spoke to reporters about the plans, saying the government had the backs of shop workers.

The Argus: Rishi Sunak in Boots in HorshamRishi Sunak in Boots in Horsham (Image: PA)He said: "An area that's been of increasing concern is the retail climate with shoplifting - people would have seen it happen on social media, it's absolutely not acceptable and it's particularly not right that our shop workers are having to deal with it."

He was also grilled on council finances, housing, policing and potholes.

Sunak was joined by Horsham MP Jeremy Quin and Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne.

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