Scheme is a success

A radio system linking shops in Bakewell with police has hit the airwaves – and saw a suspected shoplifter detained within three hours of switching on.

Retailers and hoteliers who sign up to the Bakewell ShopWatch scheme are given radios that allow them to communicate with each other and the local policing teams.

Within three hours of the radios being switched on, a call was made to police from Bakewell Safer Neighbourhood Team to report suspicious activity.

Officers responded immediately and detained a man on suspicion of shoplifting at the Co–op, in Market Street.

Any retailers interested in signing up to the scheme should contact the Bakewell Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101.