Tyne & Wear

Police arrest 350 thieves in Newcastle

Police have arrested 350 people for stealing from shops in Newcastle during a Christmas crackdown on theft.

They have also spoken to more than 2,000 people - mainly known shoplifters - to warn them about the ongoing operation.

The campaign started on 5 October and involved extra undercover and uniformed police officers.

Northumbria Police said shoplifting had fallen by 26% compared to the same period last year.

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