The National Federation of Retail Newsagents has launched an e-petition calling for the authorities to pay compensation to victims of the 2011 riots.

The e-petition follows figures released last month by the Mayor of London’s Office for Policing and Crime that revealed just £1.6m had been paid out under the Riot Damages Act, meaning nine out of 10 victims in London are still without compensation.

The NFRN also claimed police authorities were misrecording the riots as ‘violent disorders’ rather than ‘riots’ in order to avoid paying compensation. It has sent a letter to all of its 16,500 members asking them to sign the e-petition, which it said was part of a wider campaign to get crimes against businesses raised further up the political agenda.

“You do not need to be a retailer whose property has been damaged or destroyed, live in those areas affected or even be a retailer to feel this is a true injustice that the government must use its powers to put right,” the letter stated.

The petition, which can be found at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/30300, had 90 signatures as The Grocer went to press.