Operation Gemini – recovers stolen stock and tackles beggars

Posted on: September 12, 2019

Operation Gemini ran over the summer school holiday period from 24th July to 31st September. Funded by Your Bromley up to six additional police officers patrolled the Town Centre footprint four days a week at peak periods and a large number of incidents were dealt with by police. The priorities for the operation were stock recovery for businesses, theft offences and begging within the town centre. Total stock recovery over the period for stores was £6,257. Businesses that benefited from stock return included Marks and Spencer, TK MAXX, Primark, Lidl, Robert Dyas, Entertainer, Boots, Superdrug, Poundland, Debenhams, WH Smith, Wilko, Blacks, Scope, Smiggle, Game, MAC and New Look. Two arrests made by officers on Operation Gemini led to custodial sentences of 18 weeks and 8 weeks respectively. Along with shoplifting offences, officers were asked to engage with the homeless population within the Town Centre and deal with any begging. This proved to be fruitful and there has been a noticeable reduction in begging within the area over the period.

On one (of 104) stop and searches two offensive weapons disguised as keyrings were seized and the offenders arrested. Both have been charged with possession of offensive weapons and will be attending court in the new future.