High street retailers Marks & Spencer and Asda have urged anyone feeling unsafe to find shelter in any of their stores at anytime.
Amid ongoing debate on women’s safety sparked by the disappearance and alleged murder of Sarah Everard, the two supermarket chains wanted to do their bit to make sure people feel protected.
Marks and Spencer posted a statement on Facebook where it told women that if they were to feel unsafe at any point, they will always be able to walk into one of its branches and ask staff for support.
The statement reads: “If you ever feel unsafe, please come in and stay as long as you need to. Our colleagues are here to help you.”
M&S appeal has already been praised by customers, who responded to the post saying M&S staff were “wonderful” as many recollected past experiences of being warmly welcomed and supported by employees.
Supermarket giant Asda released a similar statement as it told all customers: “EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO FEEL SAFE.
“Please know that you can always take your time, wait inside to reach out to our colleagues should you be concerned for your safety.
“Customers and colleagues, we will be there for you.”
It follows mass protests held in central London on Sunday which saw thousands of people calling for women to be better protected in light of what happened to Miss Everard.
After an extensive search, police confirmed they had found her remains in a builder’s bag in Ashford, Kent, on March 10.
Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens, 48, has been charged with kidnap and murder.