Extra police to patrol Hull city centre over Christmas

Extra police officers will patrol Hull city centre during the run-up to Christmas in an effort to tackle shoplifting and anti-social behaviour, Humberside Police has said.

Two policing operations have begun in Hull city centre, the Kingswood retail park and North Point shopping centre.

Additional high visibility patrols will take place, backed up by community support officers, police said.

The increased patrols will run until early January 2012.

'Positive action'

Insp Lee Edwards, from Humberside Police's Riverside neighbourhood policing team, said patrols taking part in Operation Yuletide would become a "regular sight" in Hull during the festive period.

"Thieves often see the run-up to Christmas as a time when they can steal from shops and take people's wallets without being seen," he said.

"To combat this, Operation Yuletide will result in an increased number of officers and community support officers on patrol to deter thieves."

Humberside Police said it would also take "positive action" against public drunkenness, disorder and aggressive or persistent begging.

Insp Mick Stead, from North Carr neighbourhood policing team, said anyone found to be committing offences would be dealt with "quickly and robustly".

Plain clothes officers will also carry out covert patrols in Hull city centre during the festive period.

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