£362,000 of stock stolen from Tesco

December 06 2021

Stock worth £362,000 was stolen from St Peter’s Tesco store during a six-month period.

Store manager Steve Winfield told members of St Peter’s Parish Council the store, like others across the UK, had seen a rise in crime this year.

“Our stock loss in the last period was significant,” he said, explaining that teams of people stole from stores.

“We see a big amount of organised crime,” he said, adding: “They’re very good at what they do.”

To counter the thieves Mr Winfield said his store had a “very, very good CCTV system”.

Parish councillor Paul Walters, who organises Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meetings for St Peter’s and Battenhall, said the issue could be raised at the next scheduled meeting on Tuesday, January 4.

Another item parish councillors raised with Mr Winfield was maintenance of raised flower beds on the store’s site, which they felt could be improved.

Parish council vice-chairman Alan Tidy said: “It doesn’t take a lot of maintenance,” adding: “That’s a bit of an eyesore in what’s in the centre of the area.”

Mr Winfield said: “The maintenance team have got a pot of money to spend on things.”