Two arrested in mobile thefts crackdown

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A POLICE operation to reduce mobile phone thefts in Sheffield city centre resulted in two arrests.

South Yorkshire Police are running a ‘dedicated operation’ to cut phone thefts after The Star revealed Sheffield is one of the UK’s worst crime hotspots for the offence.

Every single day an average of five mobile phones are stolen in the city centre.

The operation involves officers patrolling the city centre looking for offenders in action and working in bars and clubs to spot thieves.

A 19-year-old man, from West Yorkshire, was arrested at The Leadmill on suspicion of the theft of mobile phones, and charged with 10 offences and remanded in custody.

And an 18-year-old man was arrested for stealing a phone in Players Bar on West Street.

Inspector Darren Starkey, who leads the Sheffield Central Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The night time economy is a key time for thieves to steal mobile phones, as people are less aware when under the influence of alcohol, and crowded places present an ideal environment.

“We would urge people to ensure they look after their personal items and do not leave them lying around, even for a split second.”

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