Shoplifting crackdown launched in Lancaster city centre

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A rise in shoplifting in Lancaster city centre has sparked a new crackdown by police.

Officers hope to increase the number of convictions during Operation Novice in the run-up to Christmas.

Lancashire Police said the drive was aimed at reducing the number of offences after a similar operation was hailed a success last year.

The force said police will be ‘robustly investigating’ all reports of shoplifting to send a message that the crime will not be tolerated in Lancaster.

Inspector Nigel Parkinson, of Lancaster Police, said: “Shoplifting offences have risen in the city centre recently, and it hurts both our retailers and consumers.

“Due to this, we’ve started Operation Novice to crack down on shoplifting before it becomes a real problem.”

A police spokesman added that CCTV cameras around the city centre and in stores would be used to bring offenders to justice in court.

He said: “Many retail outlets in the city centre also use the Town Link radio system, which connects stores directly to the police and means store staff can immediately contact the police to help speed up the process of catching offenders.”