Nick­ing’s a store point

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SHOPLIFTING is cost­ing cor­ner shops £2.5mil­lion a week as thiev­ing soars to record lev­els.

One des­per­ate shop­keeper in Coven­try fit­ted chains and alarm bells to his fridges af­ter the same thief took 32 packs of ba­con and 20 packs of cheese.

Re­ports of shoplifting in Eng­land and Wales rose by 5 per cent to 349,296 last year, cost­ing £131mil­lion.

The av­er­age store lost £2,605, the As­so­ci­a­tion of Con­ve­nience Stores said.

It claimed or­gan­ised crime gangs of­ten steal goods to or­der and added. “Busi­nesses have seen their theft lev­els dou­ble.”

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