Woman arrested over Horsham town centre shoplifting

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A 21-year-old local woman has been arrested over shoplifting in Horsham town centre following a police appeal for information.

The woman was arrested on Sunday (February 22) and, in agreement with the shop, has accepted a process of community resolution, police said.

On Friday (February 20), Sussex Police said they were seeking to question three people in relation to shoplifting offences in the town centre.

Police still wish to trace a man after thefts of magazines from WH Smith on four occasions in July, November and December last year, and February this year.

He is described as white and elderly, wearing a black coat with a white motif on the back shoulder area.

They also seek a white man in his late teens, with ginger hair, after the theft of various items from the Co-op in North Parade on four occasions, two in February last year and two in April last year.

PC James Munden said: “These enquiries are part of Operation Retail, an ongoing initiative aimed at reducing and detecting shoplifting in Horsham district.

“We currently have a new radio scheme in place in Horsham town centre and we would welcome new shop members. It allows members to communicate with each other and the police.

“We are also setting up a new website in place which has been put together with the local community safety partnership and which will be live from March 2015. This will allow members of the Shopwatch schemes to see photos of known offenders.

“If anybody would like any further information on how to join please contact us at the Horsham Neighbourhood Policing Team by emailing horsham.shopwatch@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Anyone with information can email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, call 101 quoting serial 295 of 20/2, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.