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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Tynedale: Police call for public vigilance

POLICE have launched a crackdown on shoplifting in Tynedale – and are urging the public to do their bit by reporting suspicious activity.

Between January and March, Northumbria Police received 15 reports of shoplifting in the district, and neighbourhood inspector Kevin Oates is determined to stop thieves in their tracks.

As part of Operation Soundwave, which is aimed at tackling opportunist criminals, officers are making extra visits to shops in Hexham, Haltwhistle, Prudhoe and surrounding communities.

They have also been keeping a close eye on train and bus stations in a bid to deter travelling criminals from using local transport links.

Insp. Oates said: “There’s an excellent network of shopkeepers and store managers in Hexham who keep each other informed and updated with the small number of known offenders who live in Hexham and steal from shops, as well as those who travel into the area to steal.

“Make no mistake, shoplifters are thieves and their presence will not be tolerated in Tynedale.

“Although there’s only been 15 shop thefts in the area in 2014, these crimes affect us all in terms of the cost of goods and the impact thieves have on community safety.

“I’d like to remind members of the public when out shopping to report any suspicious people or vehicles to police.

“In addition, if you are offered goods for sale, either door to door or in the street or pub, it’s more than likely stolen.”

Anyone with information about shoplifting is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.

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