Extra patrols to tackle anti-social behaviour on retail park

The Advertiser Series: SHOPLIFTERS BEWARE: PCSO Mike Atkinson will be part of the patrols at the Bishop Auckland Retail Park.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH SHOPLIFTERS BEWARE: PCSO Mike Atkinson will be part of the patrols at the Bishop Auckland Retail Park. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

POLICE officers have launched a scheme tackling anti-social behaviour and shoplifting on a popular out-of-town retail park.

Bishop Auckland Neighbourhood Police Team will spend the summer holidays patrolling Bishop Auckland Retail Park, in St Helen Auckland, as part of Operation Saro.

In addition, there will a number of community safety and bike marking events throughout the six-week period.

Sergeant Jayne Burdess, of Bishop Auckland police, said: “We have worked really hard in partnership with the local shop watch scheme to monitor the low-level of crime and anti-social behaviour on that site throughout the summer holidays.

“We are focussing on known shoplifters and anything else that comes up. Anti-social behaviour is quite low there normally so we hope to keep it that way.”

On Saturday (July 26), officers will join firefighters for a fire safety day, between noon and 5pm. There will also be the chance for people to get their bikes security marked for free as part of Operation Spoke.

On Saturday, August 9, there will be an outdoor Pact meeting next to Costa Coffee between 1pm and 4pm. Again bike marking will be available.

Police drop-in sessions will also be held at Starbucks, between 2pm and 3pm, on Thursdays, July 31, August 14 and August 21.

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3:44pm Fri 1 Aug 14

railwaygrafter says...

I shocking disgrace to Bishop Auckland and the north east. Most offenders are bone idle (some illegal druggies) thieving workshy. Stop their Nanny Free State Benefits if they are caught shoplifting, offer them three JOBS only (like they do in Germany) if they turn the Job offers DOWN STOP their free Nanny State 'A to Z' Benefits and hand-outs forthwith.
I shocking disgrace to Bishop Auckland and the north east. Most offenders are bone idle (some illegal druggies) thieving workshy. Stop their Nanny Free State Benefits if they are caught shoplifting, offer them three JOBS only (like they do in Germany) if they turn the Job offers DOWN STOP their free Nanny State 'A to Z' Benefits and hand-outs forthwith. railwaygrafter
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9:51am Sat 2 Aug 14

hippyjohn says...

what about patrolling residential areas too. the bus stand at Rosemount has its windows smashed every other week. It seems all police personel think they are Ironside "Can`t go anywhere without wheels under them"
what about patrolling residential areas too. the bus stand at Rosemount has its windows smashed every other week. It seems all police personel think they are Ironside "Can`t go anywhere without wheels under them" hippyjohn
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