Record rise in shoplifting and increase in thefts in Peterborough 

The number of shoplifting offences recorded by police in England and Wales has risen to the highest level in 20 years, with a 39 per cent increase in reported instances in Peterborough & Cambridgeshire

The figure is the highest since current records began in the year to March 2003, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which described the latest increase as “notable”.

At the weekend Andrew met with staff at Central England Co-operative in Eye to hear more about staff concerns about criminal gangs and rising levels of retail crime. Alongside Cllr Anna Smith, Andrew has been leading a campaign for tougher enforcement action against retail crimes and greater protection for shopworkers.

There was also a 23 per cent in theft from persons, such as stolen phones and pick pocketing, and a 13 per cent increase in robberies.

Andrew Pakes, Labour & Co-operative Parliamentary Candidate for Peterborough, commented:

“These shocking figures show the scale of Conservative failure on law and order with rising levels of theft and a record high in shoplifting where organised criminals are just getting away with it.

Only last week, alongside Cllr Anna Smith, I met with staff at the Central England Co-op in Eye to hear about staff and customer experiences of retail crime.  And these latest figures are just crimes that are reported, the true picture on shop theft is much higher.

“It simply isn’t good enough for the Conservatives to boast we have never had it so good when crime is rising and neighbourhoods hardly ever see a police officer.

“Labour will put 13,000 more neighbourhood police & PCSOs on beat and I will fight to ensure Peterborough gets our fair share of extra officers.”