Convenience stores play an invaluable role in our communities. Todav I visited two, starting at Ash Service Station in Wendover. The staff there are doing an excellent job despite the frustrations of the appalling traffic jams outside caused by HS2 works on the A413. Ascona Group
I then popped to @Co-op in Walton Court. The store supports local charities with an incredibly friendly team. Both stores have seen worrying
increases in shoplifting and other crimes recently - I'll be raising this with Thames Valley Police and policing minister, Chris Philp
The Association of Convenience Stores annual report highlights the contribution of convenience stores to the economy and local communities. In Aylesbury alone, there are 92 shops with more than 800 employees, and they're especially important in the more rural parts of our county.