Shoplifting Of Food In Essex Rises By 20%

Friday, 4th April 2014 at 7:10pm

BBC News reports that the number of cases of food shoplifting in Essex rose by about 20% last year.

Basildon, Colchester and Harlow saw particularly high percentage increases, with Southend showing the highest increase at 44%.

Figures from Essex Police show there were 2,752 thefts in 2013, compared to 2,290 in 2012.

A food bank charity urged anyone who was struggling to come to them for support so they did not need to resort to stealing.

The figures were released following a Freedom of Information Act request by BBC Essex.

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