THREE of the region’s police forces have experienced worrying year-on-year rises in shoplifting incidents, according to analysis of official figures.

Cleveland Police saw a 20 per cent rise in 2017-18 (8,294 incidents), Durham a 14 per cent increase (4,430) and North Yorkshire 13 per cent (4,726).

Overall there were 378,725 recorded shoplifting incidents in England and Wales in 2017-18, a four per cent increase on the previous 12 months.

The figures were gathered from the website and analysed by online marketplace venture

Recently the British Retail Consortium said shoplifting accounted for 71 per cent of the £700m direct cost to shops and businesses from retail crime each year.