New bid to stop Kettering shoplifters

Carl Sturman, Neil Griffin, Chris Gledhill, Carl Wilson, Jason Cullum and Richard Miles
Carl Sturman, Neil Griffin, Chris Gledhill, Carl Wilson, Jason Cullum and Richard Miles
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Police have launched a new campaign to clamp down on shoplifting and other town centre crime.

The scheme was launched in Kettering this week in a bid to deter potential thieves and to sign up shops to a charter which would see them co-operate more closely with each other and with the police.

Similar initiatives in towns including Corby and Northampton have been hailed a success by the police.

Kettering police say they want to dissuade people, such as youngsters who may get bored during the summer holidays, from getting involved in shoplifting.

Sector commander Insp Carl Sturman said: “If you are about to shoplift we will stop you rather than spend hours and hours at the police station trying to resolve it.

“With the summer holidays coming up we just want to deter people from these actions.”

So far, all 54 shops in the Newlands Centre have signed up to the scheme, along with 36 more elsewhere in the town centre.

As part of the project, police will also carry out more visible patrols in the town centre and will encourage shoppers not to make themselves easy targets for thieves.

Town centre beat manager PC Carl Wilson said: “We have dedicated more resources to the initiative.

“High visibility is always a very good deterrent for shoplifting offences.”

Chanelle Andrews, 17, a student at Tresham College, has had her design, complete with watching eyes, chosen to represent the new scheme.

She said: “The eyes are the main part. It makes you more aware someone is watching you.”