Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Crackdown on Shoplifters; Police Launch Major City Centre Operation To: Target Criminals in the Festive Sales

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Crackdown on Shoplifters; Police Launch Major City Centre Operation To: Target Criminals in the Festive Sales

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Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY

PICKPOCKETS and shoplifters are being targeted in a Christmas crackdown on crime.

Thieves hoping for easy pickings during the last shopping days before Christmas and the January sales are being booted out of Newcastle.

Police said the majority of thefts in the city centre are carried out by a hardcore of prolific crooks who are now familiar faces to the bobbies patrolling the shopping streets.

So in a bid to drive them out of town, officers have launched a major crackdown over Christmas, which has seen the city's streets flooded with uniformed PCs, Community Support Officers and mounted police.

And as part of Operation Cracker, officers will be stopping any known thieves they see in the city centre to check they are paying for their shopping like everyone else.

The Chronicle joined PC Richie Inglis, of Northumbria Police's Newcastle Central Neighbourhood Policing Team as he patrolled the area around Grainger Street looking for suspected thieves.

PC Inglis explained that officers working in the city centre become very familiar with regular offenders.

And during Operation Cracker, which this year runs until January, these individuals will be stopped and spoken to, whenever they are spotted in Newcastle, to check whether they are up to no good.

More than 2,000 people have already been stopped and spoken to since the operation began in October. And over 350 have been arrested.

Officers are also working closely with Eldon Square and retailers to identify offenders and reduce offences.

Operation Cracker has helped achieve a 26% reduction in shoplifting since 2008.

This has been brought about by a careful analysis of where and when offences have been committed and then flooding these hotspots with officers at peak times.

Neighbourhood Sgt for the city centre, Darren Graham, said although some people think of shoplifting as a victimless crime, it does have an impact on the public. …

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