Market inspectors are being issued with stab-proof vests when they take on extra duties such as dealing with shoplifters and anti-social behaviour.
Tower Hamlets council is giving its 12 inspectors who patrol sites such as Petticoat Lane the extra protection to allow them to deal with “a range of enforcement functions”.
The plan was branded “extreme” by one of the men who will have to wear one.
The council is spending more than £5,000 on the vests which will be used from next month. The inspectors will also perform their traditional roles of managing the stalls and traders.
They will work alongside Tower Hamlets Enforcement Officers — nicknamed Theos — the idea of mayor Lutfur Rahman.
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