Shoplifing on the rise in North Yorkshire as austerity bites

Gazette & Herald: Shoplifing on the rise in North Yorkshire as austerity bites Shoplifing on the rise in North Yorkshire as austerity bites

NORTH Yorkshire is being hit by more shoplifting and minor theft as people steal to support themselves because of austerity cuts, the region’s top police officer has said.

Low-value items such as food and nappies are being more regularly stolen, according to North Yorkshire Police.

The force’s Chief Constable, Dave Jones, said officers were also seeing a rise in calls to their control room as budget cuts left people turning to police for services previously provided by charities and public bodies.

“We’re the last resort – we’re open 24/7 – and we’re trying to work out why people are calling us rather than other emergency services and charities, but it’s because of cuts,” he said.

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