Workers at Tesco stores across Ayrshire are set to be offered body cameras as part of a company-wide initiative. 

The supermarket chain has seen a rise in physical and verbal assaults on staff, and is taking action to protect workers. 

Ken Murphy, Tesco's chief executive, said the company's "unsung heroes" should not have to feel unsafe at work. 

He said: "Money spent on making sure people are safe at work is always well spent.

"But it should not have to be like this. Crime is a scourge on society and an insult to shoppers and retail workers."

He revealed that Tesco has invested £44 million in four years on security in its stores including door access systems, protection screens and digital radios.

Sainsburys and the Co-op currently offer body cameras to many of their staff in stores to deter abuse and assault.