Clampdown sees 17 people banned from Cwmbran's shops and pubs
Seventeen people have been banned from shops and pubs in Cwmbran Town centre for a year in a joint police and trader crime clampdown scheme.
Twenty two offenders have also been arrested for shoplifting and anti-social behaviour during August in the crackdown by police and the Cwmbran Businesses Against Crime Partnership.
Crime has also dropped by 36% and anti-social behaviour incidents decreased by 20% compared to this time last year.
Traders use a radio to link with shops and pubs so that immediate updates can be given on the location of offenders for speedy arrests.
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Crime and Disorder Reduction Officer PC John Cottrell has also given training to all local businesses to raise awareness of shoplifting.
PS Scott Thomas who is responsible for the Neighbourhood Team in Cwmbran said: "We've been working hard to tackle problems in the town centre and we're really pleased our hard work along with the assistance of local businesses is paying off."