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BY MARTYN FISHER

Monday 3rd November 2014, 11:06 London

Asda security-tags baskets to stop people stealing them

Retailer takes action at Dundee branch after incidents which appear to coincide with introduction of 5p carrier bag charge

Asda security-tags baskets to stop people stealing them

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A Dundee supermarket has been forced to put security tags on its shopping baskets to stop shoppers from stealing them.

Asda told BBC News "a number of baskets" had disappeared from its Milton of Craigie store in the city, and that the incidents appear to coincide with the introduction of a carrier bag charge.

The minimum charge of 5p per carrier bag was introduced by the government in Scotland on 20 October.

A spokesperson for the leading UK retailer said: "Sadly since the introduction of the carrier bag charge we have lost a number of baskets.

"We have reluctantly introduced security tags to ensure all our customers can carry out their shopping without disruption."

The Asda spokesperspon noted that the measure was not being rolled out across the country.

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