Police to use Facebook and Twitter to catch Christmas criminals in Sunderland

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SHOPLIFTERS are being warned they could spend Christmas in the cells.

Durham Police’s retail crime team – a group of officers which targets offending in shops and other outlets across the city and its surrounding villages – will be working together with retailer partners to carry out uniformed and undercover patrols, to catch shoplifters during the festive periods.

Photographs of shoplifters will be posted on the neighbourhood team’s Facebook and Twitter pages to identify offenders in the run-up to Christmas.

Sergeant Mark Garfoot, who heads up the team, said: “Tackling the ongoing problem of crime in city centre shops and those in the surrounding villages is a major priority for us.

“While the team has only been in place for a few weeks, it has already had some quick successes with a number of arrests and successful court convictions already.

“Our message is very clear. If you come to Durham to shoplift, not only will we catch you, but you can look forward to spending Christmas in prison.”