Cumbria

Carlisle charity shop scheme after purse theft spate

Charity shops are taking steps to tackle purse thefts in Carlisle.

A "snowball scheme" has been set up after police revealed that a high proportion of such thefts take place in the stores.

Charity shops will phone designated colleagues in others when there is a theft, or they spot suspicious activity, to alert them all quickly.

Stores will then have the chance to increase security to help prevent further crimes.

It is similar to the existing Shopwatch scheme in which larger local shops and chain stores alert each other via security radios.

A Cumbria Police spokeswoman said: "We hope the scheme will encourage staff to be more vigilant and help towards reducing the number of purse thefts and similar crimes in Carlisle.

"This type of crime can be particularly distressing as the victims tend to be elderly and vulnerable."

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