POLICE have increased their presence in a popular shopping center.
Police community support officers patrol the Churchill Square shopping center in Brighton in an attempt to curb shoplifting.
In a statement released by Brighton and Hove Police, the force said officers will be visible in and around the popular shopping spot.
“PCSOs patrol in the sun and inside Churchill Square alongside Brilliant Brighton to help reduce shoplifting and other business offences. Say hello if you see us.
Along with the statement, the force also shared a picture of a PCSO next to the ‘Brighton’ sign outside the old Debenhams store.
Last month, a shoplifter was jailed after he was caught on CCTV brazenly stealing dozens of items and abusing store workers.
Michael Murray pleaded guilty to 33 counts of theft and one count of failing to comply with a community protection notice.
A total of 31 of the theft offenses took place at a Co-op store in Whitehawk Road in May, June, November and December last year, while the other two took place at the Hollister store in Churchill Square.
He was sentenced to 16 months in prison and given a five-year criminal behavior order, banning him from all Co-op stores in Brighton and Hove, Asda in Brighton Marina and the entire center Churchill Square shopping.
Also last month, a woman suffered facial injuries after being attacked outside the mall.
The victim was waiting at a bus stop in Western Road, Brighton, when a woman she knew got off a bus.
After a brief argument outside Churchill Square shopping centre, the woman punched her in the face before fleeing.
She suffered facial injuries in the February 11 attack.
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This notice was published: 2022-03-18 07:14:23