PCSO helps catch 200 shoplifters

Paddy Tipping visits Bulwell police station.
Paddy Tipping visits Bulwell police station.

One Bulwell community support officer has helped prosecute over 200 shoplifters in the town.

Bulwell PCSO Greg Davies has been single-handedly responsible for providing some 200 statements against shoplifters during the past three years - all of which resulted in a conviction.

The figures were released after eight violent shoplifters were banned from Bulwell by Criminal Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (CRASBO’s) which prevent them from entering specific stores or Bulwell altogether.

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping paid a special visit to Bulwell police station to find out how officers are addressing shoplifting.

He said: “I’m very impressed with the work being carried out by officers and partners in Bulwell.

“The area has a high conviction rate for shoplifters and is a great example of what can be achieved through determination and commitment to the cause rather than accepting that this type of offending is inevitable.”

He has already committed £20,000 towards proactive work to increase detection rates and supports attempts to address the problems underlying criminality.

Offenders are offered support to reverse their problems from organisations such as alcohol services Compass and Last Orders.

In one case, an offender’s parent was helped with their financial problems and drug abuse.

The team is currently applying for its first Criminal Behaviour Order against a violent offender.