Police in Hull reveal clampdown on crime in run-up to Christmas
POLICE in Hull have revealed their crime-fighting priorities ahead of the opening of the new Clough Road head- quarters.
Schemes to tackle domestic violence and shop theft are among those officers are pushing in the run-up to the festive season.
Operation Yuletide has received extra funding this week to clamp down on retail crime through to the new year.
Sergeant Steve Lamb, of the Riverside Policing Team, said the multi-agency scheme will involve arrest days and focus on those who "steal to order".
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He said: "Shoplifters are more professional now and come with their own shopping lists.
"This scheme is a divisional response to retail crime in the city centre, down Holderness Road and Hessle Road.
"I thought, due to the squeeze on funding, it would be difficult this year but that's not been the case."
The operation will be launched on Thursday, November 22, to coincide with the city's light switch-on, and will run until January 1.
Additional patrols will cover late-night shopping, including officers in plain clothes, working both inside and outside stores.
Humberside Police are also running Operation Nightwing, will tackle domestic violence, from November 23 until January 6.
Officers are also working with gay and lesbian organisation Broken Rainbow this year and billboards and posters will soon go up across the city.
Staff have started to move into the new Clough Road station from their former home in Queens Gardens, in time for one of their busiest periods.
Divisional commander for Hull, Chief Superintendent Rick Proctor, said: "As we go towards Christmas, we know it can bring pressure to families.
"There is a rise in domestic violence around this time of year and we also see an increase in shop theft.
"Over the Christmas period, we want to make sure our resources are targeted on the right priorities.
"We want to make sure Hull is a safe city that people can visit, work and invest in it."