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People are stealing shopping baskets from Tesco because of the new 5p plastic bag charge

A tag on a Tesco shopping basket. Credit: Kelly Ashley/Facebook

A Tesco store has been forced to put security tags on shopping baskets after shoppers began stealing them following the introduction of the 5p plastic bag charge.

The store in Chadderton, Oldham has reportedly had a third of its baskets stolen since the charge was brought into force across England on 5th October.

The 5p bag charge has been blamed for the rise in thefts. Credit: PA Wire

Managers say they have now tried to 'thief-proof' the wire baskets to prevent more thefts.

A spokesman for Tesco said tagging baskets was not a national policy and it was down to managers at individual stores to decide whether or not to introduce tagged baskets.

We need to keep baskets for customers who come and shop in the stores. Whether other stores are doing it is up to them.

It’s not a nationwide thing. It’s down to the individual store and what works best for their customers.

We’re always working to provide the best service we can for our customers and this includes making sure baskets are available for shoppers.

In some cases it’s been necessary to attach security tags to baskets to prevent them from being stolen.

– Tesco spokesman

The new 5p charge aims to reduce the use of single-use plastic carrier bags, and the litter associated with them, by encouraging people to re-use bags or to use ‘bags for life’.

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