11 arrests across Congleton area in first weekend of 'Christmas crackdown'

By Alex Greensmith

5th Dec 2022 | Local News

Arrests are expected to increase as Christmas party season and 'Mad Friday' approaches. (Image - CC 4.0 Rawpixel Will Crawford Cropped bit.ly https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vintage_Christmas_illustration_digitally_enhanced_by_rawpixel-com-15.jpg)
Arrests are expected to increase as Christmas party season and 'Mad Friday' approaches. (Image - CC 4.0 Rawpixel Will Crawford Cropped bit.ly https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vintage_Christmas_illustration_digitally_enhanced_by_rawpixel-com-15.jpg)

11 people were arrested in the wider Congleton area over the weekend as cops crackdown on festive thugs. 

The first weekend of this operation has seen 182 people arrested across the county for a number of offences including, assault, drunk and disorderly in a public space, drink driving, stalking, and domestic abuse. 

Congleton saw the least arrests of nearby policing wards. Macclesfield saw 20 arrests in the same period, and Crewe's policing area had 27 arrested.

It is part of a claim that Cheshire Police 'will not stand for anyone intent on committing crime or causing harm this Christmas'.

Congleton Police Station on Market Square. (Image - Nub News)

The Constabulary has begun a month-long operation which will see officers targeting perpetrators of anti-social behaviour, violence against women and girls, domestic abuse and drink and drug driving.

Officers assert they will particularly focus on night-time economy hot spot areas with high impact policing activity.

The takeaway message - if you choose to commit crime or cause harm in Cheshire then you will be made to face the consequences of your actions.

The campaign will be visible across the county with enhanced activity in hot spot night-time economy areas – and the important messages flooding the streets of Warrington and Chester in particular.

Congleton Town Centre and West police ward saw crimes increase marginally last December, according to Police UK. (Image - Nub News)

Head of local policing for Cheshire Constabulary, Chief Superintendent Peter Crowcroft, said: "We want people to have a great Christmas with friends and family, but we absolutely will not stand for anyone intent on causing harm in our communities and ruining it for everyone else – and having too much alcohol is not an excuse for unacceptable behaviour."

"We want people to see our campaign and make the right choice. If you behave safely and responsibly you can have a great Christmas. However, if you choose to commit crime - even after we have warned you on the consequences of doing so - then you will have no-one to blame but yourself.

"It is not ok for good people to suffer at the hands of criminals - especially at Christmas - and there is no place in Cheshire for people to commit crime and cause harm."

High visibility operations will take place throughout December in targeted areas across the county with local officers doing all they can to ensure communities are free from criminal activity.

Cheshire Police HQ in Winsford. (Image - Alexander Greensmith / Nub News)

There will also be specially trained officers deployed to identify and tackle predatory behaviours such as harassment, loitering without reason and stalking behaviour. Partnership safety buses will be stationed across the county to provide valuable support to those who feel vulnerable or need assistance.

With support from specialist units within the Constabulary, officers will also be working hard to locate outstanding offenders and capture individuals wanted on recall to prison, 'fail to appear' warrants and any outstanding offences – making sure they are made to face the consequences of their actions.

Chief Superintendent Crowcroft, added: "I want to reassure people that we remain resolute in our pursuit of those who believe they are above the law and will make sure they are held accountable for the crimes they have committed, and the harm they have caused.

"Our streets are safe, our roads are safe, our night-time economy is safe – until someone makes it not safe. This is not something we are going to accept in Cheshire, and we will do all we can to prevent and disrupt crime occurring in the county."

Chief Constable, Mark Roberts.

Chief Constable, Mark Roberts commented, "Cheshire is not the place to carry out criminal behaviour, we won't stand for it, and we do our utmost to arrest and prosecute those intent on creating misery and upset for others, especially at Christmas. 

"We have officers out and about across the festive period, and many more supporting behind the scenes to ensure that the good people of Cheshire can have an enjoyable and safe time celebrating.

"We also have many officers working in our custody suites so, to those that are intent on committing crime, we very much look forward to welcoming you into our cells this Christmas."

John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner had this to add about the Yuletide clamping on crime"The messaging behind this Christmas campaign is so important and the Constabulary's stance is very clear: if you choose to commit crime or harm in Cheshire then you will be made to face the consequences of your actions, which is a stance I firmly share.

"I hope everyone in Cheshire has a happy and safe Christmas and those looking for a fresh start can turn over a new leaf in 2023."

Arrests are expected to increase as Christmas party season and 'Mad Friday' approaches.

See Also: Santa's on the road again in Congleton

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