Cuts of meat are marked with safety marks, just like luxury products or bottles of alcohol. It is a sight that few thought they would ever see in Britain. But then these are not normal times.
Food thefts in the UK have soared in recent weeks, fueled by skyrocketing inflation believed to have pushed one in five Britons into poverty. One Coventry shop owner believes police inaction is partly to blame.
“Bacon, sausages and all the cheeses, that’s the sensitive part, that’s what they (thieves) are targeting,” said businessman Paul Cheema.
“Every day there is an incident, last week we caught a thief with a full suitcase. Even with a suitcase, the police don’t care.”
Not far from Paul’s store, a group of people are standing in line at a grocery store. The prices of basic products, such as milk, cheese and eggs, have increased by more than 30 percent in the last year.
It is estimated that half a million children will need food assistance in the coming months in the UK. Inflation is still in double digits, reaching a new highest level in 41 years of 11.1 percent in October.
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