Pair caught shoplifting in Gainsborough store pleaded guilty

Two men who were caught shoplifting in Gainsborough thanks to CCTV operators have pleaded guilty.
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On January 6, police officers were alerted to a break-in at Brown’s in Marshall’s Yard by CCTV operators at West Lindsey District Council.

Candles had been stolen and the operator was able to guide officers to two men who were arrested on suspicion of the offence.

Neil Boswell, 44, of no fixed address, and Richard Watt, 48, of Greystones Road, Gainsborough, appeared before Lincoln Magistrates on February 18, and pleaded guilty to this burglary.

Brown’s in Marshall’s Yard, GainsboroughBrown’s in Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough
Brown’s in Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough

Both men received community orders.

The orders have a rehabilitation activity requirement which means that they must complete activities aimed at helping them to avoid reoffending.

Inspector for Gainsborough, Gary Brockie, said: “We have a really good relationship with West Lindsey District Council and their CCTV team were extremely vigilant in detecting this crime and bringing it to our attention.

“We work closely with the council to detect crimes in progress and things that don’t look quite right. This helps me to know where my officers need to be so we can protect properties and people.”

Grant White, communities manager at West Lindsey District Council, welcomed the outcome.

He said: “CCTV plays a vital role in keeping our communities safe and by working together in partnership with Lincolnshire Police we are able to bring those who commit crime to justice and prevent incidents beginning or escalating.

“However, CCTV has much wider benefits including the safeguarding of local people as it is used to locate people at risk, victims of crime, vulnerable children, adults at risk of self harm and much more.”

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