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Undercover police officers on patrol in Tesco at Pool to stamp out shoplifting

By WBJLock  |  Posted: February 13, 2014

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UNDERCOVER officers will be on patrol in Tesco at Pool to put a stop to shoplifting.

The initiative is part of Operation Nutmeg, an ongoing operation from Devon and Cornwall Police to target shoplifting in Camborne, Pool and Redruth.

Officers will be conducting both high visibility and undercover patrols with the aim of deterring and catching those who are committing offences.

The initiative is being run jointly with Tesco Xtra, Pool and their security team, who will be assisting with CCTV and patrols.

A spokesman from Tesco said: “We are delighted with this operation from out local police to help us improve the shopping experience for our customers and thank them for their continued support.”

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  • theGMan2014  |  February 14 2014, 3:52PM

    I'm guessing Truro_England probably doesn't spent too much time in his fair city. This must be Truro where the rivers run with gold, and the population sing merry songs whilst driving their diamond-encrusted cars. Or perhaps a city with: 2 of the worst estates in Cornwall for crime, A large population on the dole, 2 glassings in the last 2 months in one nightclub, alongside violent incidents in town every weekend, Home of infamous drug dealers and associated families (see the last few weeks papers). Unfortunately Cornwall (for the majority) as a whole is minefield of out-of-work people and families struggling to make ends meet. Truro isn't a shining beacon of tranquility I'm afraid....

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  • Truro_England  |  February 14 2014, 2:09PM

    I think the trouble is as well, the security guards get paid a hourly rate of around 7 p/h. I appreciate yes its a job, but I would not like to be smacked in the mouth for this salary and also have to attend court to give evidence and see someone get a let off.

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  • cornwall999  |  February 14 2014, 11:15AM

    I find it incomprehensible that Tesco is such a huge company and have to resort to the intervention of our police force to use under cover officers to deter shoplifting . This is public tax payers money and should not be used for this purpose. Police have a duty of care to protecting the public and should be tackling the escalation of serious crime around Cornwall. I have no issues with Tesco or any other supermarkets on how they operate their business plans, however, it is the responsibility of every supermarket to employ their own security teams. With such drastic cuts to the police force it really is appalling that the so called common sense approach is vast disappearing !! Shirley Sweeney

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  • josdave  |  February 13 2014, 7:39PM

    What's the point in catching them if the courts are only going to hand out a slap on the wrist? I hope Tescos are paying for this waste of police time.

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  • toffer99  |  February 13 2014, 6:26PM

    Thanks, Tesco. How much did you pay in corporation tax last year? Thanks, Police. You've ensured that some poor kid will go hungry tonight.

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  • PerpetualOmeg  |  February 13 2014, 6:15PM

    John, don't fret. it just a media campaign to fool the thieves.

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  • johnkizzie  |  February 13 2014, 5:18PM

    Thought police were not meant to be private corporation or company police, do not think they are allowed to do this as they are public servant employed by the public and should not supplement private companies security even if Tesco ask them to

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  • Truro_England  |  February 13 2014, 4:31PM

    Pool is surrounded by such a sorry looking environment and people living on benefits, Redruth and Camborne are horrible/ dreadful places, this news is no surprise to me.

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