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208 people are banned from borough shops

Police are working with retailers to keep shop thieves at bay North Tyneside as part of a forcewide campaign.

The North Shields Shopwatch scheme sees retailers share information with each other and police about suspected thieves in the area, with action taken when thefts take place.

Currently, 208 people are banned from shops in the North Shields Shopwatch partnership as part of the retail crime initiative.

The use of the bans prevents anyone suspected of shoplifting from entering all the stores in the scheme.

A total of 25 people are banned for three months, 58 people are banned for six months, 70 people are banned for one year, 41 people are banned for 18 months, 12 people are banned for two years, and two people are banned for three years.

Neighbourhood Inspector Geoff Cross said: “Shopwatch members work together to share information with each other and police to tackle retail crime.

“It helps us identify those people suspected of being involved in this sort of crime and ensure they face action - this can include being arrested, charged and put before the court as well as being banned from retail areas.”

“We’ll continue to work together with partners to ensure North Shields remains a safe place for people to shop.”

 

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