More than 200 banned from town’s shops

More than 200 people have been banned from shops in North Shields for a number of offences.

Police have been working with retailers to keep thieves at bay.

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

There are 208 bans in place on 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.

Twenty-five people have been barred for three months, 58 for six months, 70 for one year, 41 for 18 months, 12 for two years and two for three years.

The activity is part of the Northumbria Police campaign Operation Soundwave, which tackles opportunist thieves and burglars across the force.

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.”