Crackdown on the known shoplifters

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Police are targeting shoplifters in North Tyneside as a force-wide crackdown on thieves continues.

Extra patrols are taking place in key shopping areas across the borough and police are working with retailers to target known thieves in a bid to prevent offences.

Activity is targeted at North Shields and Whitley Bay, but will also take place at other key shopping locations including Killingworth, Wallsend High Street, Silverlink and Royal Quays to stop thieves in their tracks.

Also on board is the Metro unit to stop travelling criminals coming to the borough specifically to steal.

The activity is part of Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, aimed at tackling opportunist thieves and burglars across the force.

North Tyneside Superintendent Paul Orchard said: “Our shop thefts are being committed in a range of premises, from large supermarkets to small corner shops, and we’re working closely with shop owners and managers to identify key offenders and take action to prevent offences.

“Extra patrols are taking place in stores and areas which have been identified as having increased reports of shop thefts, while those suspected of being involved in offences are being stopped and spoken to.

“Officers will use a broad range of tactics and powers to deal with suspected offenders including direction to leave notices, search warrants, arrests and stop checks.

“Every theft must be accounted for by the store and this can result in price increases or have an impact on job availability.

“Those involved in shop thefts may well be involved in other types of crime so it’s important they are identified and prevented from committing crime in the area.

“We’ll continue to do everything possible to ensure North Tyneside remains a safe place.”