THE number of shoplifting incidents in the run-up to Christmas is at a five-year high in Blackburn, new figures have revealed.

More than 300 incidents of shoplifting in November and December were reported in 2012, compared to 197 in 2007 – an increase of 35 per cent.

Although figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act, were not available for 2013, the number of food-related thefts increased in 2013, police said.

Reported by the Lancashire Telegraph. You can read the full story here.


I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare time ever since.