Labour promises to remove guidance introduced in the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which advises police forces not to respond to shoplifting cases below £200.
Why it matters
The rise in shoplifting rates and the perception that thieves are getting away with minor consequences has prompted Labour to take action and promise a change in the law.
What the papers say
The Times reports that Labour vows to change the law to stop shoplifters who steal goods worth less than £200 from receiving just a fine in the post. The Mirror highlights Keir Starmer's pledge to tackle shoplifting and introduce tougher sanctions for those who attack shopkeepers. Metro reports that the policing minister urges the public to make citizen's arrests when they witness shoplifting. The Independent discusses the increase in shoplifting and abuse at independent shops due to the cost-of-living crisis and TikTok videos.
How we got here
Shoplifting rates have been on the rise, with reports of organised gangs and repeat offenders exploiting the system and getting away with minor consequences.
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