Officers from Blackpool Police recently carried out a plain-clothed operation in the Blackpool South area, focusing on shoplifting.
Using recent data, officers identified hotspots within the resort that had seen a spike in shoplifting offences.
Plain-clothed officers were located throughout the stores identified, with uniformed officers patrolling nearby.
10 people were stop searched and as a result, a number of people were dealt with for theft offences which includes;
- One male being issued with a fine for theft.
- One male was reported for summons for four offences after admitting a further three theft offences on the day.
- A female was identified for previous shoplifting offences and an investigation is ongoing.
Sergeant Paul Regan, from Blackpool Police, said: “This was a successful operation with some great results.
“The operation supported some of the highest-affected stores in Blackpool South, and we are looking to continue this initiative to stamp-out shoplifting and hold the offenders to account.
“You never know when you will be in the presence of a plain-clothed police officer.”
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