Man charged with shoplifting in Birkenhead

A man has been charged with shoplifting from a clothes store in Birkenhead.

On Wednesday, 15 November, it was reported that a man entered the Yours Clothing shop and stole two hoodies.

Joshua Hoijord-Smith, aged 32 years, of Tranmere, has been charged with theft from a shop and using threatening/abusive/insulting words/behaviour to cause harassment/ alarm/distress.

He appeared at Wirral Magistrates Court on Thursday, 30 November, and will next appear in court at a later date.

Detective Inspector Andrew Schofield said, “Business crime from retailers is not a victimless crime, and the ripple effect can be devastating where staff can lose their jobs if the store closes due to constantly losing stock. Theft from stores also impacts shoppers as retailers raise their prices to make up for the loss of goods stolen.”

Merseyside Police has launched Operation Shepherd, its annual campaign to reduce crime and keep communities safe during the festive period.

Call 101 to report an incident or contact the Merseyside Police social media desk on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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