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Police Receive 137 Shoplifting Reports During April

Friday May 17 2013

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POLICE in Barnsley have received reports of 137 shoplifting offences throughout the month of April.

The top three products that were stolen are meat, alcohol and other food items.

Officers have currently charged 33 people with 50 of the offences and are continuing to detect and process others on a daily basis by the use of CCTV footage and intelligence.

Inspector Julie Mitchell, said: "Shoplifting leads to raised prices on our weekly shopping bills - placing an additional burden on already-stretched budgets.

"People who steal risk gaining a criminal conviction which may limit future job opportunities and visits to other countries.

"The majority of offences committed in Barnsley involve theft of alcohol and meat, usually to sell on for cash. Many offenders tell us that this cash is often used to fund their lifestyles involving substance misuse.

"Police in Barnsley are determined to address this issue and will name and shame those responsible, including those found handling stolen goods."

The police have urged people not to resort to theft. For those people who are struggling to make ends meet, there are a number of agencies in Barnsley who can assist, such as the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), and the Credit Union.

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Reply Posted by Paul Chipchase on Friday May 17 2013 at 16:54
Just like to no , how can these agencies help shoplifters...do they sell alcohol ...?

Reply Posted by justine on Sunday May 19 2013 at 08:23
I've mentioned this before, in relation to the bedroom tax. This problem will only get worse. The council should look at this and stop it. The less money people have, they are going to steal food. It wasn't easy before. Yes they will get a criminal record, so they will then be stuck in a rut. They will end up inside just so they can be fed, kept warm and have a roof over their heads. Then the tax payer will be paying even more money out.
Would a member of parliment take in a stranger? Who could steal from them, bring drugs into there house or have someone that is violent. You don't know who you are inviting into your home even if they've been vetted. Its only on record if they've been caught.
It sad that the unemployed living in council property are subjected to this. When its a better option to be inside. Can I just say. If an unemployed person takes in a working lodger, the lodger would have to pay full rent and c'tax plus their half of the bills while the council tennent pays no rent and c'tax. Is that fair!?

Reply Posted by Carl on Tuesday May 21 2013 at 12:20
Justine, how have you managed to get from the original story to the point you are really wanting to make? This story has nothing to do with the Bedroom Tax, it's about shoplifting. Also, are you saying that shoplifters are good people who are forced to steal a loaf of bread to feed their families? Do these people realise the effect they have on the staff in the shops they are stealing from? Shop workers who can't really do anything about it and are not expected to do anything about it but then feel as if they should have done something, in addition to having to tell their bosses whats just happened? Is that fair?