POLICE have launched a crackdown on festive crooks causing anti-social behaviour at prominent shopping areas in Hartlepool.
In the run up to Christmas, police officers and police community support officers are carrying out extra patrols at the Anchor Retail Park and the main Tesco Extra store, in Burn Road.
The aim is to crackdown on thieves and people causing anti-social behaviour in the run up to the busy festive period.
The operation, set to run for three weekends, launched on the second weekend in December and officers said they had no incidents of theft or anti-social behaviour.
Pc Derek Wade, ward officer for Headland and Harbour, is overseeing the operation which includes more visible patrols and beat surgeries to give residents the chance to speak with officers.
Pc Wade said: “The management at the shops are happy that we are there and it also helps reassure the public.
“The operation is running up to Christmas and it involves police officers and police community support officers.”
The operation is running on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and involves a team of four police officers and 10 PCSOs.
As part of the operation, a beat surgery was recently held in the Asda cafe at the superstore off Marina Way to give residents the chance to air concerns or views.