Hull shoplifters targeted by police ahead of Christmas

Humberside Police are clamping down on shoplifters and thieves in Hull in the run up to Christmas.

Officers are increasing their hours patrolling the streets in Kingswood and Bransholme shopping areas until 4 January.

Extra patrols in the centre of Hull will run until Christmas Eve.

Police are also warning shoppers not to leave bags in their cars during the festive period as they could be a target for thieves.

'Not tolerated'

Officers from the special constabulary and the community support teams will be working more hours to provide extra patrols in the city.

The force said its operation involves monitoring CCTV, and officers in plain clothes and uniform carrying out patrols.

Insp Lee Edwards, from Humberside Police, said: "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.

"To combat this [we have] an increased number of officers and PCSOs on patrol to deter thieves and, where thefts occur, catch those responsible for offences.

"The message to those wanting to commit offences is simple: shoplifting and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated."

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