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    Bristol: shoplifting patrols lead to arrests, seizure of stolen goods worth £50,000

    Officers seized a significant quantity of alcohol and confectionery from a shop in Easton where stolen goods had been received (Photo: Avon and Somerset Police)

    Multiple people have been arrested and thousands of bottles of alcohol seized by neighbourhood officers in the Barton Hill area of Bristol as a result of high-visibility patrols targeting shoplifting, Avon and Somerset Police said.

    While speaking to business owners on 22 January, an officer spotted a woman who was wanted for previous offences and arrested her. The woman, aged in her 40s, was charged with seven shoplifting offences and appeared at Bristol Magistrates’ Court next day.

    A man in his 40s was also stopped and arrested on Church Road and has received a court summons.

    Acting on intelligence gathered during their patrols, officers on 25 January identified a shop in Easton where stolen goods had been received and seized a significant quantity of alcohol and confectionery, valued at an estimated £50,000.

    Two men, one in his 40s and one in his 50s, were then arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods. They have since been de-arrested and asked to attend a police interview.

    A significant quantity of the items have been returned and police said work is ongoing to identify where the remainder was taken from.

    “Shoplifting is not a victimless crime and we don’t underestimate the impact it can have. Shop staff should be able to feel safe in their workplace,” neighbourhood inspector Tom Gent said.

    “These arrests – and this seizure – demonstrate our commitment to working with businesses and business groups.

    “We encourage shop workers to report crime to us as this information is critical for our neighbourhood teams in identifying the people responsible.”

    You can report a crime by calling 101 or online at: Report shoplifting | Avon and Somerset Police. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by visiting their website.

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