Crackdown on Derby pub and club thefts

A crackdown on the theft of personal belongings in Derby's pubs and clubs is being started by police.

In the year to June, there were 316 such offences recorded, involving items such as mobile phones, purses and handbags.

Officers said that along with plain clothes and uniformed patrols, they would be working with venues to improve secure facilities and ban those caught.

They also asked customers to keep a close eye on their valuables.

Acting Sgt Jake Warwick, who is leading the initiative, called Operation Snailsden, said: "We will be working closely with bars and clubs as part of the operation, asking them to consider letting people check their handbags into the cloakroom for the evening and distributing leaflets to customers, urging them to keep an eye on their belongings.

"We want people to enjoy a night out in Derby and not have it ruined by losing their valuables. We will not let a dishonest minority spoil it for everyone else."

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