Three charged with theft as part of Christmas shoplifting operation in Ripley

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Two men and a woman have been charged with theft as part of an operation to target shoplifting in the Amber Valley during the festive period.

Officers from the Ripley Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team were alerted to a theft through the Shop Watch radios from Hurst Chemist, on High Street, at around 2.40pm on Tuesday, December 15.

While they were on their way to the area, a further report came in about an incident at The Co-operative on Derby Road.

PCSO Neil Wilson passed on a description of the offender, and a car they may have been using, to response officers who stopped the vehicle heading out of the town on Nottingham Road.

A number of items believed to have been stolen were found during a search of the car.

Paul Wainwright (33) and Dominic Hodgkinson (24), both of Bramley Green, Nottingham, and June Jackson (30) of Horsendale Avenue, Nuthall, appeared before magistrates in Chesterfield on Thursday, December 17.

The campaign, named Operation Antler, has been running since the start of December and will continue to the New Year. Since the start of the operation, nine people have been for retail related crime in the Amber Valley.

PC Rich Marshall of the Ripley Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “The operation has seen regular proactive patrols by officers throughout towns in the Amber Valley and this has resulted in a number of people being arrested and charged in connection with crimes affecting stores and shoppers at this time of year.

“We hope to continue to work successfully with local shops and Amber Valley Borough Council to help target retail crime during this busy period and beyond.”