Phone thefts crackdown in Sheffield

Inspector Darren Starkey,
Inspector Darren Starkey,
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Police are visiting pubs and clubs in Sheffield city centre as part of a crackdown on thieves stealing mobile phones on nights out.

Officers are working with licensees who pass on information about suspects looking for phones to steal from people when they are dancing or drinking.

A 25-year-old man from London is the latest suspect to be arrested by police after door staff at The Plug nightclub spotted him acting suspiciously and called the police.

Police officers held him on suspicion of the theft of nine phones before bailing him pending further inquiries.

Insp Darren Starkey, who leads Sheffield central safer neighbourhood teams, said: “We work very closely with the pubs and clubs in Sheffield to tackle mobile phone theft.

“This arrest was made possible because door staff observed suspicious behaviour, and detained someone they believed to have committed a crime at this popular club on one of the busiest nights of the week.

“In the dedicated operation to reduce thefts of phones, which has been running since November last year, officers regularly patrol the city centre and are deployed in bars and nightclubs to track down mobile phone thieves.

“This work is done in close partnership with licensed premises through the forum U-Night.”

Scott Bailey, who owns The Plug and runs the U-Night forum said: “This arrest demonstrates the excellent partnership work of U-Night, who share information and intelligence with each other and the police, to reduce mobile phone theft.

“Having a phone stolen, particularly when it may contain photos and videos of treasured moments, can be deeply upsetting.

“I would urge anyone thinking about taking photos or videos on their phone as part of a night out to consider they are effectively advertising their smartphone to potential thieves, and the average smartphone is worth around £500.

“Please take the necessary precautions to ensure you don’t become a victim.”

n Call 101 with information about phone thefts.