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.