Eight people arrested, two knives seized and stolen goods recovered during shoplifting crackdown in Preston

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Eight people were arrested, two were knives seized and hundreds of pounds worth of stolen goods were recovered during shoplifting crackdown in Preston.

Uniformed and plain-clothes officers patrolled the city centre this week as part of Operation Sabotage - Lancashire Police's response to tackling shoplifting.

As a result of the week's activity:

  • Four people were arrested and subsequently charged with shoplifting.
  • Several hundred pounds worth of stolen property was recovered.
  • Three people were arrested for drug offences.
  • Two knives were recovered during searches.
  • One person was arrested and recalled to prison.
Uniformed and plain-clothes officers patrolled the city centre this week to tackle shopliftingUniformed and plain-clothes officers patrolled the city centre this week to tackle shoplifting
Uniformed and plain-clothes officers patrolled the city centre this week to tackle shoplifting | Contributed

Insp 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."