Sixteen thieves arrested in Mansfield town centre

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More than 16 people have been arrested in Mansfield following an operation to target thieves.

Operation Pegger was launched on 18th November to reduce theft from shops and shoppers in the town centre around the festive period.

The operation sees Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) carrying out high visibility patrols and issuing purse bells – bells which are attached to purses to alert the owner to a noise should they be moved.

Police officers in plain clothes are also patrolling hot spot areas and shops and undercover operations are in place to target crime in nightclubs and bars.

To date 16 people have been arrested. Four of those were remanded in custody while two, Shirley Tomlinson and Christopher Bickerton, received custodial sentences for shoplifting meaning they will be behind bars until 2014.

Neighbourhood beat teams are also currently processing two Criminal Antisocial Behaviour Orders (CRASBOs) against two individuals banning them from the entering retail premises in the town.

Acting Sgt Colin Kirkup, beat manager in Mansfield town centre, said: “We have been very pleased with the success of the operation so far and several days in the last fortnight there have been no reports of shop theft.

“This has been achieved through the hard work of the beat team and partners including the council, Mansfield Partnership Against Crime and BID.

“We will continue our planned activities and there will be a team of eight PCSOs and a Sergeant deployed every Saturday for the foreseeable future targeting known offenders and visiting stores in the town.”