Crime rise on Teesside

Crime has risen in the Cleveland Police area for the first time in six years.

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Police warn of theft increase

Cleveland Police say that the rise in crime is also partly down to theft.

Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Roberts said:

"There's an increase in shoplifting. It's not luxury goods."We've had people stealing a single tin of baked beans, which is reallysomething we haven't seen a lot of. It is clearly linked to recessionaryimpact, although there is no excuse for crime."

– Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Roberts, Cleveland Police

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