Derbyshire Police's free beer sting leads to 19 arrests

PC Ady Clarke (left) and PC Steve Browett in front of a van full of beer
Image caption The free beer sting was a cost effective way of tracking down suspects, police said

An undercover police operation in which suspects were offered free beer has led to 19 arrests in Derbyshire.

Officers sent letters to people who had evaded capture for months asking them to ring a marketing company.

Suspects who fell for the hoax were put through to Chesterfield Police Station and a date arranged for the alcohol to be dropped off.

Alleged offences of those arrested ranged from robbery to a serious sexual assault, police said.

"These suspects are people who have managed to evade arrest for some time so we have used different tactics to find them," Ch Insp Graham McLaughlin said.

"It has been very cost effective as it can take a lot of time and money to track people down."

The sting was carried out as part of a month-long campaign targeting serious crime across north Derbyshire.

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