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People in public-facing jobs have experienced rising hostility and verbal abuse since the end of the Covid lockdowns, according to organisations that represent them.

Half of all shop, transport, restaurant and hotel workers and others dealing regularly with the public have experienced abuse in the past six months, figures from the Institute for Customer Service (ICS) show. This is a 6% rise over May’s 44%. Of those who had been abused, 27% had been physically...