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Eighteen uni students caught shoplifting in Co-op
6:10pm Tuesday 19th March 2013 in News
Students have been banned from a campus supermarket for shoplifting.
Police have confirmed that 18 students have been caught taking goods from the Co-op at the University of Sussex in the first two weeks of March.
The incidents – which work out at more than one a day – have led to the offenders being banned from the supermarket and the University of Sussex shop.
However, the students, who are paying £9,000 a year in tuition fees, escaped fines of up to £80 which are usually dished out to those caught thieving from stores.
A spokeswoman for Sussex Police confirmed the matter had been dealt with by “community resolution”.
However, no details on what this involved were included.
A statement from the University of Sussex said: “The Co-op store on campus is a large and successful one, which serves thousands of students, staff and campus visitors every week.
“The issues are being dealt with in partnership by the police, university campus security and The Southern Co-operative.”
Recent figures obtained by The Argus show that, in the first 11 months of last year, there were 71 reports of theft, fraud and forgery at Asda in Brighton Marina.
This was highest figure in the city and worked out at about six a month – a third of the number caught on the university campus.
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