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Four people arrested in latest Preston undercover police shoplifting sting

Posted on - 22nd December, 2023 - 2:50pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston City Centre, Preston News
Police officers have been working hard behind the scenes to address recent problems in the city
Police on patrol in Preston city centre Pic: Preston Police

Police have been using plain-clothes officers during Preston’s late-night shopping period to target shoplifting.

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Four people have been arrested and charged with shoplifting as a result of what police are calling Operation Sabotage.

Alongside shoplifting two knives were recovered during searches and three people were arrested for drug offences.

Read more: Five arrests made during Preston Police undercover shoplifting operation

Inspector Dave Byrne from Preston’s Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We use an array of different proactive tactics to ensure our officers are on the front foot in cracking down on this type of crime.

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“Theft and shoplifting is not tolerated in Preston – it causes harm to our communities and businesses and we will be relentless in tackling it.

“The message is clear: you never know when you’re in the presence of a plain-clothed officer.”

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