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Locking up shoplifters won’t solve Britain’s crime problem

4 August 2023

3:04 AM

4 August 2023

3:04 AM

The Conservative party has had an idea. It’s not a very good idea, but it’s an idea and those are rare for the Tories. The idea is to start banging up repeat shoplifters and other low-level offenders.

Transport minister Richard Holden has complained that ‘the police haven’t concentrated enough on some of these offences’ even though ‘they really do have a huge impact on our high streets and shops right across the country’.

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