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Anti-crime blitz is a 'success'.

AN OPERATION to tackle crime and illegal parking in a Northumberland town over the festive period has been hailed as a major success by police.

Northumbria Police say only three crimes were committed in Morpeth town centre during the whole of December -the period in which Operation Glenside was carried out.

The clampdown saw offences such as shoplifting, thefts from cars and purse snatching targeted as shoppers flocked to the town centre.

There were also regular checks for illegally parked cars, and more than 100 parking tickets were issued, while many other drivers were warned about nuisance parking.

Neighbourhood Sergeant, Dave Simpson, said: "With the extra number of people coming to the town centre, the potential for crimes like theft, purse snatching and shoplifting rises.

"In previous years there have been issues when items have been stolen from people, in particularly from handbags, while out shopping.

"Operation Glenside has been a great success here in Morpeth and we will look to continue the good work throughout the year."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 6, 2011
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