Great Yarmouth police to start Christmas crime crackdown

Police in Great Yarmouth will be stepping up patrols at retail parks in the town in the run up to Christmas to help prevent crime and detect offences at the busiest time of the shopping year.

Operation Yuletide 2011 will see uniformed officers carrying out high visibility patrols on a daily basis between this Friday, 2 December, up until Christmas Eve on the Gapton Hall and Pasteur Road retail parks, including the main Tesco store, while officers in plain clothes will also patrol in a bid to catch thieves.

Officers will be looking to prevent and detect offences including theft from shops and purse thefts as well as providing a reassuring presence for law-abiding shoppers.

PC Grant Buchanan of the Cobholm and Southtown Safer Neighbourhood Team, who is helping organise the patrols, said the aim was to provide a safe and friendly environment for Christmas shopping.

She said: “We’re aiming to reduce crime and will be pro-actively looking for shop lifters and thieves. Anyone caught taking items or acting in an anti-social manner will be dealt with.

“We want those coming to Great Yarmouth to shop - whether they are local or visitors - to be able to enjoy their shopping safely and in the spirit of Christmas.”