Community officers in Leighton Buzzard have conducted a targeted patrol against one of the main concerns raised by residents in the town: shoplifting.

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The team, who are now stationed at a brand new base within Leighton Buzzard Fire Station in the town centre, held a high-visibility operation in High Street on Thursday to provide a deterrent to would-be thieves and engage with shoppers and businesses.

As part of their initiative, a 30-year-old man from Leighton Buzzard was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting. The man remains in police custody as investigations continue.

A number of packaged razor blades suspected to be stolen for the purposes of selling on were also seized by police.

Sergeant Louise Bates, who led the operation, said:

“We are aware of the impact that shoplifting has on local businesses as well as the wider community. Not only can theft impact on companies, but the loss can also be passed on to customers in the form of price rises. Additionally, shoplifting is often a gateway crime into other forms of offending and can have links to issues such as drug criminality.

“We are just one day in to our new accommodation within the Fire Station and we are keen to ensure that not only do we deal robustly with the offences that matter most to residents of Leighton Buzzard, but that we also work alongside our partners to help to break the cycle of offending.”

The Leighton Buzzard team moved to a new policing hub at Leighton Buzzard Fire Station in Duncombe Drive on the 30th August. Response and community officers now work from the new hub, which is now a fire and police blue light facility. The former police station on Hockliffe Road is now closed.