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Newark officers' covert operation to target burglaries and attempted break-ins in town centre following two-week spate

Plain-clothed officers in Newark set out on foot, on pushbikes and in covert vehicles in an operation targeting burglaries in the town centre.

The undercover operation comes after 11 burglaries or attempted burglaries were reported in the town centre in a two-week period (September 16 to 30). Many of these were at independent business, run by local residents.

The team say they made one arrest and have had no reports of break-ins in the town centre since the operation began.

Newark police. (42638263)
Newark police. (42638263)

Officers arrested Michael Lowe, 31, of Queens Court in Newark, who was later charged in connection with two breaches of a criminal behaviour order and shop theft.

Numerous people were also stopped, spoken to and searched where there were grounds to do so.

Officers were assisted in their covert operation by the CCTV team at Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Inspector Heather Sutton, district commander for Newark and Sherwood, said: “I want every single potential burglar to know there is an ongoing policing operation in Newark town centre and to be warned that if they see someone passing them in the street, they very well may be a plain-clothed police officer.

"My team have been working very hard and are dedicated to protecting businesses in Newark, sitting out through the night, often in the pouring rain in order to so.

"Many of these businesses are already struggling due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and they can't afford to suffer a further blow from an opportunistic criminal."

The neighbourhood team has been evaluating the intelligence picture in the town centre that is used to determine where to place certain resources.

Newark and Sherwood has also received a boost in numbers in the form of the new Operation Reacher team who will be carrying out numerous operations over the next few days.

If you have any concerns in relation to crime in the area, please contact the neighbourhood team on 101.

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