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Crackdown on shop thefts continues

Police were called to Prestonhill Quarry, in Inverkeithing, Fife, shortly before 5pm. Picture: Contributed

Police were called to Prestonhill Quarry, in Inverkeithing, Fife, shortly before 5pm. Picture: Contributed

Police charged more than 350 people with shop thefts last month as a Northumbria Police crackdown on thieves continues.

During July, 353 people were charged with shoplifting as part of Operation Soundwave, the campaign aimed at tackling opportunist thieves.

In addition, 14 people were summonsed to court, while 59 people received a caution.

Superintendent Alan Veitch said: “There’s no let up in our activities to tackle shop thieves. Many of those arrested were arrested more than once last month and it’s these prolific and repeat offenders who we will continue to target.

“These cause the most harm to our retailers, which has a knock on effect to the economy, impacting on the whole community.

“But at the other end of the scale, we also continue to arrest those who haven’t been involved in crime before but for any amount of reasons have made a bad spur of the moment decision to steal.

“It’s important these people know the negative impact stealing can have on their lives and future - it’s just not worth it.”

Officers continue to work with retailers to share information about known thieves to prevent thefts, while extra patrols are taking place in town centres.

 

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