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No Escape For The Terrible Twenty

The worst shoplifters in Rugby, known as the 'Terrible Twenty', are facing a torrid time if they continue to pilfer because of a new crackdown in the town.

Already seven of the 20 worst criminals that prey on shops in the town centre have been arrested since a countywide initiative to prevent thieving was relaunched last month.

An anti-shoplifting scheme involving high-tech surveillance equipment was launched in Rugby by traders last year.

The net has now been widened by joining up with the Warwickshire Retail Crime Initiative.

Susan Mendoza, chair of the Rugby retail Crime association, said the early breakthrough in snaring some of the worst offenders was an excellent beginning to the scheme.

She said:

”This is a tremendous start and is a tribute to the retailers in the town, who have just had enough of thieves ripping them off.

“What people do not understand is that in the end it is the individual manger or owner that has to bear the brunt of this sort of crime.

“It is insidious and we will not put up with it any longer. The message is clear to all shoplifters - don’t do it in rugby or you will be caught and put away.”

Town centre manger Robin Richter added:

“We could not have got off to a better start. I know that the retailers involved take all this shop theft very personally and are determined to stamp it out”

He said he hoped to see a similar scheme starting soon to put an end to trouble in pubs and clubs in the town.
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