Flats raided in Keighley crackdown on shoplifters

Police raid a flat in Keighley as part of the crackdown

Police raid a flat in Keighley as part of the crackdown

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Police raided two flats in Keighley town centre as part of an anti-shoplifting operation.

Officers swooped on addresses in High Street early yesterday morning, targeting people suspected of receiving stolen property.

A 42-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and theft.

A quantity of DVDs, believed to be stolen, was recovered.

Operation Kingreen is being held over two days to deter shoplifters and identify suspected offenders.

High-visibility patrols and plain-clothes police are operating in the town centre and crime prevention advice is being offered.

Mounted police are also involved and traffic officers are using automatic number-plate recognition equipment to capture offending motorists.

Sgt Tanveer Hussain, of the Keighley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “This latest operation underlines our commitment to retailers and visitors within the town centre.

“Be in no doubt that we are targeting the individuals involved and those who are prepared to accept stolen goods from them.

“These types of crime can have a significant impact on local trade and we are not prepared to tolerate or accept it.

“Plain-clothes officers continue to monitor shops and we are working closely with our partners using CCTV resources to identify offenders.

“Neighbourhood officers will also be providing a visible presence, but it is important that people remain aware of their personal possessions.”

Shoppers are advised to keep handbags shut and close to their side, with the clasp facing towards them.

If someone does try to grab it, the advice is to let it go rather than risk injury.

Sgt Hussain added: “Keighley remains a safe place to live, work and visit. We are not complacent, however; and it is important we work together to keep it that way.

“If you have information about those involved in these kinds of thefts, please let us know immediately. You can call the Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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