Rogues gallery to shame shoplifters

TRADERS in Weston could soon be displaying posters of convicted shoplifters as a warning to would-be thieves. Town Centre Partnership manager

TRADERS in Weston could soon be displaying posters of convicted shoplifters as a warning to would-be thieves. Town Centre Partnership manager Steve Townsend is looking at proposals put forward by shopkeeper Mark Canniford, who owns a Londis store in the High Street.The 43-year-old store owner, who is also a town councillor, has called for shoplifters to be named and shamed rather than 'mollycoddled'.The move comes after Cllr Canniford confronted a knife-wielding man who had stolen money from a customer earlier this year. Last week the culprit, 55-year-old Martin Long, of Locking Road, was sentenced to nine months imprisonment for theft and three months for possession of a bladed item.Cllr Canniford said: "I really want this idea to take off. We all know he (Long) will be out again in six months but I can only hope he learns his lesson."I think we'll be far better off in Weston if we act as one to remove these menaces to society."Mr Townsend said: "There is support for a 'rogues 'gallery' of convicted shoplifters. I think it's a good idea and we are liaising with the police and North Somerset Council to make it happen.


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