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Barnsley Supermarket Resorts To Tagging Meat

Wednesday October 16 2013


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SHOPLIFTING has become so bad at one Barnsley supermarket they've resorted to electronically tagging their joints of meat.

Since April 1, a staggering 820 shoplifting offences have been documented in the town with 71 offences alone in Cudworth and Grimethorpe - where staff at the Asda store on High Street have placed the tags on joints of pork valued at £4.

Det Chf Insp Mark Wilkie said the number of shoplifting offences had gone up and revealed that the it accounts for ten per cent of crime reported to South Yorkshire Police.

He said those stealing items such as meat were usually local people who were trying to get money to feed a drug habit by selling on the goods they have stolen.

"There are a proportion of people who steal for themselves, but it's usually alcohol or deodorants. The majority of people who stole things such as meat were often stealing it to sell on and so the argument they can't afford food doesn't ring true.

"The majority of people we arrest sell it on within hours and have spent the money within a similar amount of time on drugs."

Between June and July, Asda at Grimethorpe had the highest number of offences outside the town centre.

DCI Wilkie said it wouldn't surprise him if stores did start to electronically tag meat to make them more difficult to get out of the store.

"It's been done before. Even if the alarm went off, the thieves wouldn't be bothered - they'd just leg it when they got outside. Some joints of meat aren't cheap so anything which assists in stopping the shoplifters is a good idea."

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Reply Posted by Richard on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 10:26
If this wasn't so tragic it would be funny!

Crime is rife, it's about time people stood up and fought crime. Get a new police chief, tell the courts to hit harder.

It's no wonder people call Barnsley a shit hole, when it's now resorting to tagging food so it's not easily stolen. Whatever next?

Reply Posted by wabbers on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 11:59
Do you have to swear on every anti-Barnsley post you make?
It would be nice if this level of disdain was for a particular issue rather thanjust any reason to be anti-Barnsley. It is almost every news story.

Maybe you could put the time and effort you spend looking at 'another town' news into doing something productive (and preferably nice?)

Reply Posted by LOL on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 17:25
WHAT NO LAMBS LIVER

Reply Posted by rainbow on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 10:28
They'll be blaming bedroom tax next...

Reply Posted by Richard on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 10:33
What has the local Labour council said about the state of this? What have they done over the years? How have they improved things?

We know the police are bragging about a reduction in crime in Barnsley!! We also know statistics can be manipulated. We also know people don't bother reporting crime as they have no faith in their complaint being properly dealt with. We also know the people disagree with claims by police that crime is reduced.


Reply Posted by kilkenny on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 10:39
In my area (not Barnsley) all the shoplifters go into the local pubs and sell stuff. The landlords are most obliging and I have seen them being encouraged to lay out their wares on top of the pool table. I have seen them offer rump steak, rose veal, calves liver. All Waitrose and M & S. No processed crap.

Reply Posted by No prevention on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 10:39
Firstly, Living in grimethorpe, I hate that everyone puts this village down. It's down to the minority as in all places. Perhaps asda need to review their security, most times I go in, the guard is outside drinking red bull or following innocent women round the store. I've also seen him hiding stock around the store, they also charge more than the larger stores too which is not asda policy!!

Reply Posted by shaggy on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 19:30
Eyup Shag, The nocked sea side estate darn n built all them new houses n that n its still a shit oyle.
I went thru Grimey last week n it wa like a goarst tarn.

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 10:42
@rainbow - LOL

Oh this one will go like a Californian Forest Fire. The 'Get a Job' brigade will be along in a minute.

Reply Posted by bob on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 10:51
Bloody east Europeans they come here taking jobs, seats at Wembley and now they're nicking our meat. Come on Barnsley council sort it out.

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 10:56
@bob - That is a great parody of the normal WABer. They always manage to mention immigrants on a thread, any thread that is, even if it was about an amenity closing down. They expect Barnsley Council to sort everything out. Hilarious!

Reply Posted by hard worker on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 10:58
i work in a large store kilkenny and i can tell you this,its not only the unemployed who shoplift, people who work do their fair share of helping themselves to whatever they fancy.this is only going to get worse.people blame shoplifters for price rises to cover the goods stolen daily but what about the stealing from employees right from the factories where their made to the shop floors of the stores,dont just blame the unemployed for this there are plenty of employed people out there with sticky fingers too

Reply Posted by Anon on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 11:09
Bob, bet you sit on your rear all day, blaming the foreigners for taking your job. So the pinching of meat is nothing to do with British low life that steal as a way of life so they can spend the hard earned dole money on fags, cheap ale, bookies and weed. No wonder Grimey has a bad name, and one that shouldn't be attached to the good folk that live here.

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 11:11
@hardworker - Can you tell me where in any of my posts do I mention that it is the unemployed who shoplift? My first post merely describes one of my local pubs. The second one says 'The Get A Job' brigade will be here in a minute. The third post is praising Bob for his excellent imitation of a typical WABer. I understand fully what you are saying.

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 11:13
@Anon - I think Bob is imitating the usual dim WABers you get on here. The ones that blame 'forayners' for everything that is wrong in the world. He is just joking!

Reply Posted by AHR on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 11:23
Nothing unusual here then, it's been going on for years, how do you think people fuel their drink and drugs habits when their benefits run out..

Reply Posted by LaPerla on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 11:28
@ AHR - my thoughts exactly.

I don't eat meat as I am veggie, but I was shocked by the price of calves liver when I was in Waitrose the other day. Over £20 a kilo. No wonder they have buyers for this stolen meat. And rose veal ain't cheap either

Reply Posted by ur jokers on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 11:36
how come you never hear about shop lifting in cawthorn o yes because they dont do it. immigrats do take our jobs we all know that but we all know what grimthorpe is like aswell. its clearly not the councils fault but all you idiots that voted this goverment in. one last thing kilkenny were is the pub you speak of haha

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 11:42
@ur jokers - It is many miles from Barnsley I am afraid. There are several, not just one. Its not just meat either. I can remember when DVD players first came out and I saw a man (I kid you not) pushing a shopping trolley into the pub, filled with boxed DVD players. He asked the landlord if he could sell them in his pub. The Irish landlord readily agreed and said 'Ach, what a polite man, now manners cost nothing do they? Classic.

Reply Posted by Richard on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 12:00
I see a lot of people blaming immigrants. It was Labour that let them all in (without our consent). Now you're asking your Labour Council to sort it out. They can't, they don't know how to sort it out.

The prisons are full, and a large proportion are occupied by immigrants.

Time for change. LABOUR OUT!

Reply Posted by anon on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 12:22
UR JOKER: What jobs have the immigrants taken, oh yes the ones the idle twohats won't get off the arses to take. As for Grimey do you know it and it's people.
Richard, the government don't have much of a say to who comes into the country
People stealing meat are usually the druggies needing money to fund the habit, idle doley people will buy it because it's going cheap, this happens all over the country.
As for prisons being full, build more then we can send the low life drug taking thieving scumbags to prison where they can go cold turkey.

Reply Posted by anon on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 12:23
Richard, I take it you go into the prisons on a regular basis to come to that conclusion.

Reply Posted by Richard on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 23:47
anon, seriously?? I've not been to Australia, but I know they have kangaroos there! Silly person.

Reply Posted by .... on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 12:32
Richard out! spare us this same tired old drivel

Reply Posted by Richard on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 23:51
Aww I missed you! Always resorting to personal insults from the outset, because you're not clever enough to give a sound argument. Shame. I'm sure I'll see you again soon, when you graduate from pre-school.

Reply Posted by hard worker on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 12:36
sorry kilkenny i was actually agreeing with you, people are too quick to blame the unemployed i think you missunderstood what i was saying no offence intend

Reply Posted by observer on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 12:37
@Richard. if you don't like Barnsley. please quietly leave.i wold like to use a stronger preference but would probably be kicked off her by the admin. as for the rest of the conversation. shoplifting. in the stores. come on. its not rocket science is it?..no jobs, no money, people will turn to shoplifting. its like groundhog day. when the local mines closed shoplifting was rife. its the same old. tories come in and target to make areas like Barnsley unemployed for not voting for them, shoplifting increases. simple really.

Reply Posted by Tommy on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 12:49
This has nothing to do with immigration although the previous Labour government certainly made a complete mess of that particular issue.

The big problem here is the total lack of deterrent. The people doing the stealing know that even if they get caught nothing will happen to them and they will be able to continue stealing for whatever reason they do it in the first place. The only solution is to make the consequences of stealing more serious, it will never stop it but it will certainly minimise the problem.

Reply Posted by .... on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 12:58
Yes just leave and spout your poison on We are Tasmania or summat. This is the vile creature that labelled a 14 year old schoolgirl a tramp on a different thread

Reply Posted by Richard on Thursday October 17 2013 at 00:00
If you read the thread carefully, you will also see that the girl's mother put right the poor journalism clearly blaming the girl and gave an honest and frank account of what happened. Clearly a smart move by the mother. Any comments from people engaging in the thread I'm sure were based purely on the article as presented to them. If we are told fabrications in a news article, then its bound to stir problems.

As for your grammar and spelling, it generally needs some work, as do your weak insults.

Reply Posted by Asda on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 13:07
Perhaps if Asda Grimethorpe put more staff on and proper security it'd not happen... Only have 2 in the entire store sometimes!

Reply Posted by debbie on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 13:33
why is that people who have never lived in grimethorpe slag it off.There are some fantastic people there who will help you out no matter what.Yes there are some who would rob there own parents,but its like that every where you live.Maybe asda should employ another sercurity guard who doesn't stand about all day doing nothing put talking and laughing with the staff.

Reply Posted by Tommy on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 13:38
So are you saying it is Asda's fault that people are stealing from them. It never ceases to amaze me how some peoples logic (or lack of it) works. They shouldn't need any security guards, stealing is wrong or do you disagree?

I must assume from the above posts that while we had a Labour government for 13 years there was no shoplifting in any shops in Barnsley or is it just a case of blaming someone else rather than accepting we have a problem that needs fixing?

Reply Posted by bob on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 15:12
i think to solve multiple issues the immigrants should be given security jobs to stop this thieving. A nice grey uniform perhaps. the unemployed should be too busy working for their handouts to steal. Then if only the council would rid us of the travelling community Barnsley would be great again.

Reply Posted by MRS A on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 15:34
have you heard you all ? Ridicules.

Me and my husband both work, think of how much it is to heat your house pay your mortgage petrol shopping council tax national insurance deductions ect... then think why it is that people may actually steal food? luckily we can afford our weekly shop nevertheless there are people that work hard out there and never see a penny of their money. the unemployed or employed still have money issues and this may result to shop lifting I am in no way saying its a good thing to do this far from it but you do what you need to in order to provide for your family, working or not working. each year prices go up on bills and general necessity's our county is in debt and yet prices still keep going up.

Reply Posted by T on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 15:56
But it's still stealing. It's against the law regardless whether your well off or not.

Reply Posted by bob on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 15:37
Its ok, Pingu is switching the chrimbo lights on. love Barnsley I do.

Reply Posted by Noddy on Thursday October 17 2013 at 08:17
Hope Pingu has security............. how much does penguin meat sell for?

Reply Posted by lotto mad on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 17:14
thought there would tag the meat,same as all the cons tagged,LOL

Reply Posted by Little one on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 18:35
Shoplifting is a crime, doesn't matter who does it, it is still a crime. I think you know what I am saying!

Reply Posted by radged on Wednesday October 16 2013 at 20:03
Crikey they're all on tonight, is there a full moon or something?

Reply Posted by .... on Thursday October 17 2013 at 00:34
Grown a pair have we or had a drink dick? I'm far too clever for you dickie boy. And just what is your argument all I see from you is poisonous preposterous ramblings. You are easily the vilest cretin on WAB, and you can't smarm your way out of calling a 14 year old girl a tramp. As said before you're not all there dick

Reply Posted by To .... Because not brave enough to use name on Thursday October 17 2013 at 11:06
I've not had to grow a pair or have a drink.

You had the ordacity to call me names time and time again, (and again in your last post) because that's the level of your mentality. You then go on to spout that you're too clever? Really? Seriously? Silly person.

Reply Posted by .... on Thursday October 17 2013 at 12:12
Why delete my posts WAB?

Reply Posted by jamie on Friday October 18 2013 at 08:41
shoplifting will happen in all areas in barnlsey its just that its not always publicised and its a shame as barnlsey a lovely place

Reply Posted by kerry on Friday October 18 2013 at 09:31
Its bad every were you go and as far as build more prisons so they can go cold turkey its against human rights and gives em the right to sue the prison service ive seen 6 or 7 cases in barnsley area giver well over 20k for being made to go cold turkey. Its the system that lets em down they go prison get drug and drink free then are released with no money no were to live no help nothing it is rehabilitation they need I work with offenders on a daily basis and its not always druggies that steal !

Reply Posted by good grief on Friday October 18 2013 at 10:17
Yeah barnlsey is great I love barnlsey

Reply Posted by Ricardoman on Saturday October 19 2013 at 22:16
Stop all pre- packed joints and have propper butchers in

Reply Posted by pru on Saturday October 19 2013 at 22:41
Why wont ppl leave the name,as for grimey its the same 3 ppl pinching dont blame village an yeah if they stop hiring fat old security guards an hire someone who's actually gonna approach ppl it might put em off doin it.I bet all these mouthing are the ones buying the goods.

Reply Posted by lauren on Tuesday October 29 2013 at 11:18
Well I kinda understand why folk go shoplifting for food people go out n work there arses off for a shitty wage n food prices go up n up n they keep the wages same who can people afford to feed their families