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Newark Police make more arrests in town centre crime crackdown

A 51-year-old man is the latest to be charged in connection with a crackdown on burglaries and thefts at shops and businesses in Newark.

Wayne Cook, of Queen’s Court, Newark, was arrested and charged on Thursday (November 12) with burgling a shop in Millgate overnight on 28 October.

He pleaded guilty at Nottingham Magistrates' Court the following day and is due to be sentenced on December 4.

Nottinghamshire Police launched a crime crackdown in Newark.
Nottinghamshire Police launched a crime crackdown in Newark.

The Neighbourhood policing team began a huge operation at the start of October to tackle town centre crime.

It has led to a dramatic decline in reports of incidents, and resulted in a string of arrests, charges and convictions.

Kane Brackenbury, 27, of New Street, Grantham, admitted theft and assault and was given a 20-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months

Tracey Barthorpe, 41, of Sibcy Lane, Balderton, was charged with assaulting a shop worker in Kirkgate on October 25.

Alesha Hyland, 36, of no fixed address, was admitted to four shop thefts. She was sentenced to a 28-week prison sentence at Nottingham Magistrates' court on Thursday (November 12).

Michael Lowe, 31, of Queens Court, Newark, was arrested and pleaded guilty to theft and breaching a criminal behaviour order. He was sentenced to eight weeks in prison on November 10 at Nottingham Magistrates' Court

Heather Sutton, district commander for Newark and Sherwood, said: "My team have put a huge amount of work into combating burglaries and thefts at our town centre businesses.

"This has resulted in several operations, including plain clothed officers patrolling the streets at night, in a bid to catch offenders unawares.

"It's important to us to do what we can to protect our local businesses who have already suffered so much as a result of the pandemic and who may not be able to withstand another financial blow."

"We will continue to take all burglaries seriously and investigate to the best of our ability."

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