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Man charged and remanded over alleged Newark shop thefts

January 12, 2021
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A man has appeared in court charged in connection with a series of alleged shop thefts in Newark.

Daniel Richens, 32, of Portland Street, Newark, is charged with four counts of theft, one count of burglary and one count of common assault.

The charges follow reported thefts of items from Aldi, Asda, Waitrose and The Range stores which happened between 22 September 2020 and 19 December 2020.

The burglary charge relates to a report of a break-in at the Yvonne With Love shop in Carter Gate on 30 November 2020.

The assault charge follows a report of a suspect who allegedly threatened to spit at an Asda security guard on 19 October 2020.

Richens appeared at Nottingham Magistrates' Court on Monday (11 January 2021). He was remanded in custody until his next appearance at Nottingham Crown Court on 2 February 2021.

Inspector Heather Sutton, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "Burglary and shop theft have a significant impact on businesses in our communities, many of which are already struggling due to the impact of Covid-19.

"Burglary is a serious offence that we continue to take very seriously and we are working very hard to bring suspected offenders to justice.

"We are continuing our operational activity which has included plain-clothed officers patrolling the streets at night, high-visibility patrols and working with CCTV.

"A new Burglary Reduction Officer is also helping to prevent break-ins, primarily by working proactively with victims and their neighbours to prevent offences before they occur."

Insp Sutton added: "Last month we ran an operation, supported by Newark and Sherwood District Council, during which officers were deployed on high-visibility patrols in hot-spot locations to tackle shop theft and anti-social behaviour within Newark town centre during the run up to Christmas.

"We are continuing with our proactive work to tackle these issues by working with and supporting local businesses during what is a very challenging time as well as engaging with the general public.

"We're asking people to help us by reporting any suspicious activity to Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. We can and will act on information provided to us.

"Reports relating to anti-social behaviour can also be emailed to our Operation Reacher team at OpReacher-N&S@Nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk"

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