Village Co-op an ‘easy target’ for shoplifters

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CRIME in Hadston and the surrounding areas was relatively low over the festive period, police have said, but admitted that the village’s Co-operative store is an ‘easy target’ for shoplifters after a spate of incidents.

PC Paul Dent told members of East Chevington Parish Council last Monday that the shop on The Precinct had been subject to a string of thefts recently, including people running out with cases of beer.

“Yet again the Co-op was subject to quite a few shoplifters over the Christmas period. We have given them some crime prevention advice but it is an easy target at the moment, particularly when staff are busy in the shop,” PC Dent said.

He added that arrests had been made in connection to some of the thefts and the parish council’s CCTV around the area had helped with this.

Despite the thefts from the store, PC Dent told the meeting that the parish had come through the festive period ‘relatively unscathed’ and was ‘reasonably quiet’.

Of the incidents that did happen, he said that there was the seasonal increase in alcohol-related disorder and some rise in anti-social behaviour.

He added: “I would like to highlight that last month, on December 10 and 16, we had a couple of damages to cars in St John’s Estate. We are talking about real damage and we are at a loss as to why it’s happening.”

Describing the vandalism as a ‘cheap shot’, he added: “My worry is that they are the only two reported to us but there could be others. We have done some house-to-house calls and asked around.”