Security firm with uniformed ‘bobbies’ on the streets launches UK’s first private prosecutions against shoplifters and pickpockets after police fail to bring charges
The private company ‘My Local Bobby’ provides 24-hour security for a fee Director David McKelvey says police often release apprehended shoplifters The firm is now launching its own prosecution unit to pursue the cases itself
By Tim Stickings For Mailonline
Published: 2 January 2020
A security firm with its own uniformed ‘bobbies’ is launching the UK’s first private prosecutions against pickpockets and shoplifters.
The company My Local Bobby provides security for a fee, but says that police often release suspected pickpockets and shoplifters when they are handed over.
As a result, the firm run by former Scotland Yard officers is now setting up its own prosecution unit to pursue the cases itself, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Director David McKelvey said the company’s move was a ‘win-win’ for the regular police who would have more time to investigate other crimes.