Shoplifting gangs targeted by Police arrests made

Carlisle Police


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Story by Paul Lynch 24th Augaust 2020

An operation which targeted two ‘travelling shoplifting gangs’ operating in Carlisle city centre has resulted in arrests being made.

An number of people have been arrested on suspicion of being part of the two shoplifting gangs.

The city’s Retailers Against Crime and Cumbria Police teamed up togther to tackle the gangs.

On Facebook the police officers that were involved in the arrests said goods worth more than £1,000 were stolen.

They have been interviewed by officers about their alleged role in the thefts and have since been charged with theft.

According to the Centre for Retail Research, organised retail crime was last year typically responsible for just over 28 per cent of average retailer losses – a total last year of £562m in lost revenue last year.

In total across the UK last year, shoplifting was blamed for wiping £1,933m of revenue from the retail sector.

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