Four arrested in raids on shops in King’s Lynn
PUBLISHED: 17:18 10 November 2010
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Four people have been arrested in raids on shops in King’s Lynn, in which bootleg cigarettes and alcohol worth £20,000, and suspected stolen goods were seized.
Warrants were carried out at the Kubus stores in Norfolk Street and London Road and the Golden Grill take-away in Loke Road, North Lynn.
At Kubus, a mini-supermarket in Norfolk Street, more than 75,000 cigarettes, along with 30 kilos of tobacco and a quantity of counterfeit alcohol were recovered. Police also seized bedding sets, clothing and cosmetics, which officers believed to be stolen.
At the Kubus shop in London Road, 14,000 cigarettes and 21 kilos of counterfeit tobacco were seized.
Finally, officers seized bottles of after-shave and perfume, along with boxed electric razors, DVDs and other electrical items from the Golden Grill.
Two of the raids were carried out under The Theft Act and one used other powers of entry by police.
Officers from HM Customs and Revenue, Trading Standards, West Norfolk Council and the UK Border Agency, also took park in the raids as part of a wider operation to disrupt shoplifting the town.
Four people, three men and a woman were arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods. One man was bailed and three others remain in police custody at this time.
Supt Nick Davison, of Lynn police, said: “This joint enforcement action has been taken as part of an on-going focus on organised criminality in King’s Lynn which has already seen a number of arrests.
“It demonstrates our zero tolerance approach to people committing retail crime and those individuals organising it.
“It also sends a very clear message to those handling stolen property that the police and partner agencies will continue to target you and put you out of business.”
The operation to disrupt shoplifting and handling in the town continues with police working closely with retailers, security staff and the borough council’s CCTV operators to identify and target offenders.