A Cross border police operation involving 80 officers from Cheshire and Greater Manchester targeting criminals on the road has been hailed a success.
Operation Crossbow, which took place yesterday, Wednesday 22 September, is part of ongoing efforts to disrupt criminal activity across the region, including Warrington and deny criminals the use of the roads.
It involved more than 80 officers from Cheshire Constabulary and Greater Manchester Police, from roads policing, motorcycles, dogs, drones and local policing.
Using a number of tools available to us, officers were able to police the border between the two counties.
Following an afternoon briefing, vehicles made their way en-masse to key locations and worked into the early hours. Many took up strategic positions along the arterial routes while others roamed – ensuring that if there were any drivers or vehicles linked to criminal activity, they would be caught.
The operation resulted in:
• A total of 29 tickets were issued for not wearing a seatbelt, using a phone and excess speed.
• A total of five vehicles were seized for no insurance.
• A stolen vehicle was recovered.
• Two people were arrested on suspicion of drug driving and possession of drugs.
A joint effort, including a dog unit from Greater Manchester, resulted in the arrests of two men aged 31 following a fail to stop. The men, who remain in custody, were arrested on suspicion of failing to stop and other driving offences.
Greater Manchester Police officers:
• Six Traffic Offence Reports issued for use of phone, vehicle defects and window tints
• Four vehicles seized due to no insurance, driving license offences and MOT issues
• One summons to court for traffic-related offences
• One vehicle seized for dangerous conditions
• Two stolen vehicles recovered
• Three arrested for drugs offences and possession of an offensive weapon – investigation remains ongoing
Inspector Steve Griffiths, who was overseeing the operation, said: “Yesterday’s show of force was to highlight in no uncertain terms that we are out there 24/7 policing your roads and disrupting criminal activity. The day started with warrants in Knutsford and Northwich both with positive results and with arrests made.
“Throughout the operation we used a whole host of tactics to disrupt criminals working in our region which we use regularly as part of our everyday policing to make life difficult for those who are intent on committing crime.
“This was a great example of partnership working with another police force, and I’m sure this will have reassured the public that together we are intent on making Cheshire and Greater Manchester no go areas for criminals.”
Cheshire constabulary’s Chief Constable Mark Roberts said: “We’re sending a strong message here that if you are travelling into or through Cheshire in order to commit a crime, then you are not welcome.
“Our officers are committed to preventing crime and will relentlessly target those suspected of wrongdoing – this day of action highlights this and our determination to make Cheshire a hostile place for criminals.
“Law-abiding citizens of Cheshire can rest assured that we will continue to target and catch those who commit crime.”
Assistant Chief Constable Scott Green of Greater Manchester Police, added: “Operation Crossbow is a great example of forces working together to target criminality, and sends a clear message that there is no geographical barrier when targeting criminals operating across our road network; criminals don’t stop when they reach a border, and neither does our response.
“The strong police presence creates a hostile environment for travelling criminals who are a threat to our local communities, and the results further emphasise our commitment to tackling crime. We know there is a strong link between illegal vehicles and other types of serious crime, and the work today will no doubt impacted criminal networks operating across borders.
“A range of intelligence was gathered throughout the operation, and I look forward to seeing the results continue to come in from this, and also how this will inform future operations, both within GMP and beyond.”
Cheshire Constabulary’s Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer said: “Operation Crossbow shows that we’re serious about making Cheshire a hostile environment for all criminals. They should be under no illusion that we will work with neighbouring forces wherever possible to put an end to their activities that bring misery to Cheshire’s communities.
“Preventing and tackling crime is a key priority in my Police and Crime Plan for Cheshire and operations like this contribute hugely towards that goal. My thanks go to all the officers and staff who made Operation Crossbow a success.”