Officers confiscated large amount of alcohol during Christmas crackdown in Northampton which saw drop in crime

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There was a 25.9 per cent reduction in shoplifting in Northampton this Christmas, according to police.

Northamptonshire Police launched its town centre Christmas campaign - Operation Lapland - with an aim of reducing retail crime and anti-social behaviour.

Operation Lapland ran from Monday, November 16 to Sunday, January 3 and during this time 57 shoplifting offences were recorded, down 25.9 per cent on the previous year.

Of these offences, 75.4 per cent were detected, up by 4.8 per cent on the same period the previous year.

Northampton Retail Crime Initiative members worked to prevent entry to excluded people and together with the Safer Community Team excluded a further 24 offenders.

The Safer Community Team also confiscated 72 cans of beer/lager/cider, two bottles of Vodka, five bottles of beer and caused two large glasses of wine to be poured away.

During this period, reported anti-social behaviour was down 19.5 per cent.

Northampton Central Sector officers patrolled the town centre ensuring a safer shopping experience to all that visited the town.

This year, officers, PCSOs and Council Neighbourhood Wardens were supported by a significant number of Special Constables to increase the visible presence on the streets.

Sergeant Simon Pinchin, said: “This is a tremendous success that highlights the efforts by staff and benefits of partnership working.”