Business Crime Action Week
Business Crime Action Week

Police in Derry/Londonderry have made a number of arrests for offences, including theft, during a national week of action to reduce business crime.

Shortly after 11am on Tuesday, 18th October, City Centre Neighbourhood officers on patrol in Waterloo Place observed a male teenager acting suspiciously in a shop. Further enquiries resulted in the 17-year-old being arrested on suspicion of theft and he remains in custody assisting officers with enquiries. On 17th October, officers from the same Neighbourhood Team arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of theft from businesses premises in Lisnagelvin. He also remains in custody at this time.

A number of people have been charged with theft offences this month in relation to incidents at local shops.

Among those charged are a 16-year-old teenager with offences including theft, attempted theft, and common assault and he is due to appear before Londonderry Youth Court on 1st November. These charges are in relation to a report of theft at a shop in Waterloo Place on 28th May this year, and incidents reported at premises inside a shopping centre on 12th October. As is normal procedure, all charges are reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

Week of Action

Speaking about the Week of Action, Sergeant Walsh said: "The community will see increased, high visibility patrols by our officers in the city centre and Strabane town centre as we conduct planned operations, during this week of action. We’re asking everyone to play their part in reducing business crime so our appeal is that if you’re in a shop or in business premises, and you see something suspicious, report it to us. That piece of information can help us apprehend criminals, bring them before the Court and return stock to retailers.”