Police have arrested a man in connection with a string of 18 shop thefts.

The 39-year-old,  who was being questioned this week, was apprehended in the Clifton area on Tuesday (May 2) by neighbourhood officers.

He is also being quizzed in connection with reported thefts from motor vehicle offences in the Clifton area between April 4 and 16 and an incident where a bank card stolen from a car in Wilford was used fraudulently.

Inspector Steve Dalby, who is in charge of neighbourhood policing in Nottingham South, said: “We know what an impact shoplifting can have on businesses in our community, which is why I’m pleased we have been able to make this significant arrest.

“Some people think shoplifting is a victimless crime, but this is simply not true. Shop theft has a detrimental financial and emotional impact on local businesses, their employees and on the wider community.

“I want to reassure our local retailers that we will continue to use every tool at our disposal to crack-down on the small number of shoplifters who repeatedly target town centre businesses.

“We will also consider securing criminal behaviour orders against persistent offenders in order to further protect affected businesses by banning these individuals from entering certain premises and from entering defined areas for a specified period.

“Our hardworking businesses do not deserve to be targeted by thieves and we want to send a very clear message to those engaging in shop theft that we won’t tolerate this, we will catch them, and we will bring them before the court to answer for their crimes.”