ROTHERHAM: Shoplifters nicked £11k of stock in May


Police in Rotherham have used various operations and incentives to tackle retail crime across Rotherham, resulting in a slight decrease in the number of offences reported in May.

South Yorkshire Police revealed that it received 161 reported instances of retail crime in Rotherham throughout April and 148 offences were reported during May.

The top three products stolen were food (53 incidents), alcohol (32) and cosmetics (20) followed by clothing and cleaning products.

Jars of coffee and Lynx deodorants are also currently being targeted by thieves.

The estimated cost of all items stolen in May totalled almost £11,000.

In total, 38 offences saw people charged to court, 12 fixed penalty notices were issued and two cautions made.

Chief Inspector Richard Butterworth said: “I am committed to reducing this crime in the borough and we are continuing to maintain our efforts, but admit that this needs a great deal of focus from the police.”

“Working closely with stores, we have prevented crime trends at those locations and continue to arrest or caution offenders as soon as identified.”