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Newham named as one of the worst shoplifting hotspots in London

PUBLISHED: 15:34 10 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:00 15 March 2017

Stratford shopping centre

Stratford shopping centre

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Newham has the ninth highest shoplifting rate in London, a new study claims.

Gallions Reach shopping park in BecktonGallions Reach shopping park in Beckton

According to the report complied by online website LoveMyVouchers there was one case of shoplifting for every 176 people in the borough last year, with a total of 1,888 incidents reported.

This is an 18 percent increase on 2015.

The study which was complied by using police data also showed the shoplifting hotspots in the borough are the Stratford Shopping Centre in Stratford, and Gallions Reach Shopping Park in Beckton.

Shops in Green Street, Upton Park, were also targeted by thieves.

Green Street is in Upton Park (Pic: Google)Green Street is in Upton Park (Pic: Google)

Linda Firth, from LoveMyVouchers, said: “Shoplifting doesn’t just affect the retailers, it also affects consumers as the losses are typically recouped through higher retail prices.

“With such a high portion of the population already struggling to make ends meet, the affect of increasing retail prices to account for the costs of shoplifting could have a significant impact on budgets.”

Stratford Shopping Centre and Gallions Reach Shopping Park declined to comment.

Across the capital, the Met handled 47,099 reports of goods stolen by people posing as customers in 2016, a rise of more than 10 per cent on 2015.

Westminster landed the title of the highest shoplifting rate, with one person in 58 committing the crime, which can lead to a fine.

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