It seems that they could be for self-defence? One review of these said bats states:
This bat is perfectly weighted and will suit any UK shop-owner looking to protect their property.
Thanks to the ergonomic handle, one easy swing should be enough to shatter patellas, skulls or any other bone on your targeted
looter. Personally, I would recommend also investing in some fingerless gloves for extra grip.
Dear me… getting ready to waaack em? That’s not cricket!
And I also see Telegraph is reporting on residents starting to fight back. It’s a mess… Lord have mercy!