More and more people in Lancashire are turning to shoplifting in order to feed their families, it was revealed this week.
Chief constable Steve Finnigan told The Times newspaper that officers had reported a rise in people stealing basic supplies like bread and milk.
And in Lancaster and Morecambe, we have reported on a spate of thefts of meat from shops and supermarkets.
Lancashire’s police and crime commissioner slammed the Government, warning its cuts to police budgets were likely to impact on crime levels and has written to Home Secretary Theresa May about his concerns.
“The police force as a whole has never had to endure cuts on this scale,” Clive Grunshaw said.
“This Government should stop being complacent about the crime statistics and realise that there are consequences to their decisions.
“Mr Finnigan points to a rise in first-time offenders turning to shoplifting to put food on their tables.
“While the constabulary is facing significant financial challenges, so are Lancashire’s residents – and we cannot ignore the potential impact this has on crime levels.
“This is something my office is aware of, and we are currently working hard alongside our partners to implement an early intervention strategy which will target Lancashire’s most vulnerable residents.”