Early warning scheme for Midhurst traders

TRADERS in Midhurst are planning to set up their own ‘shopwatch’ system in the town following a spate of shoplifting.

A police spokesman said: “We were called at about 1.30pm on Tuesday, January 28 to reports of shoplifting.”

The spokesman said the alarm had been raised in Boots, the chemist and also, Stepping Out, the fashion shop further up North Street.

“A green Ford Focus was stopped on the A272 shortly before 2pm. Items of stolen clothing were recovered and two people were detained.

“A 33-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman, both from Lancing, were arrested on suspicion of theft. They were questioned before being released on bail until February 13 while officers carry out further inquiries.”

Audrey Cleeve, who owns Stepping Out, told the Observer she believed the thefts showed the need for a ShopWatch system in the town.

“I have been in touch with the Town Team and the town manager Melanie Burgoyne and hopefully we can get something going to warn each other about things like this in future.”