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Clifton: Police divert officers to town after increase in burglaries and shoplifting

Burglars and thieves are coming under increased pressure as police divert additional resources to addressing key local concerns.

Inspector Karl Thomas, district commander for Nottingham South, has pumped extra resources into the Clifton area to tackle an increase in burglary and shoplifting offences at the end of last year.

Acting on concerns raised by local councillors, community leaders, members of the public and businesses, officers are targeting the area in increased numbers.

Insp Thomas says this approach is starting to yield some promising results.

“By targeting resources in the area we have seen a drastic reduction in burglaries over the past month,” he said.

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“High-visibility patrols, awareness campaigns and a number of key arrests are behind this success.

“Shoplifting is another key priority for us and we will be focusing mainly on this issue in the coming weeks.

“Antisocial behaviour, drug offences and begging can also have a detrimental effect on a neighbourhood and can stop people visiting and spending their money there. So these issues are also being targeted in a coordinated way by our neighbourhood and Operation Reacher teams.”

Over the past three weeks, police teams in Clifton have made seven arrests, carried out eight stop and searches and raided five premises.

Results of note in Clifton include a stop and search which resulted in a man being charged after he was found in possession of a lock knife.

Police teams also executed a warrant at a house, seized and destroyed 335 cannabis plants, and charged and remanded a suspect.

Insp Thomas said: “We want Clifton to be the best it can be as a place to live and work. Police teams in the community work hard every day to ensure that continues to be the case.”

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