Operation Antler proves fruitful in early stages

Operation Antler
Operation Antler

Police are heading out on increased patrols to crackdown on festive shoplifters across the Amber Valley.

Operation Antler, which is being piloted throughout Ripley and Heanor, will see officers carrying out increased patrols around town centres in the run up to Christmas.

Safer Neighbourhood teams across Amber Valley will be carrying out high visibility and plain clothes patrols in the town in a bid to deter thieves and catch shoplifters in the act.

PC Rich Marshall from Ripley Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Operation Antler is all about helping to reduce shop thefts over the festive period, catching those 
responsible and bringing them to justice for the crimes they have committed.

“We will be sending out messages through our 
Twitter account to help keep local people up to date with the initiative.

“We will also be asking members of the public to help us to identify people that we would like to speak to in 
connection with thefts by sharing CCTV images.

“These images can also be found on the Caught on Camera page of the police 
website.

“The operation is only in the early stages but we have already arrested a woman on suspicion of theft and we will continue to work and tackle the issue of shoplifting.”

To find out more about the operation or to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101.

Officers are asking member of the public to get 
involved with Operation 
Antler on Twitter by monitoring updates using the hashtag 
#operationantler.