Police in Christmas crackdown on shoplifters and yobs

Insp Vaughan Clarke
Insp Vaughan Clarke

Police are cracking down on shoplifters and yobs during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Initiatives around retail crime, opportunist theft, street-drinking and begging have been drawn up as part of Operation Lapland, the force’s campaign to cut crime during the festive season.

The operation, which started at the beginning of the month, is already paying dividends in Corby where shoplifting had presented a problem to traders.

PC Rod MacKenzie, of Corby Safer Community Team, said: “We moved swiftly to deal with this problem in the town.

“Operation Lapland patrols, together with the opening of the Cop Shop, have seen a decrease in shoplifting with fewer thefts from stores compared with the same period last year.”

In East Northamptonshire, high-visibility uniformed and plain-clothes patrols are on Rushden High Street at various times of the day.

Insp Vaughan Clarke said: “We hope this will deter shoplifters and provide reassurance to shoppers using the town’s car parks.

“We will be out and about talking to shoppers at Asda, Waitrose and Lidl in Rushden and officers will also be visiting the Co-op stores in Raunds, Thrapston and Oundle.”