Father Christmas and the public help police trace nearly 20 suspects and offenders Date published: 23rd December 2016 10.39am

Cheshire police are thanking the public for their help after nearly 20 wanted suspects and offenders were traced during the Constabulary’s Christmas campaign.

The force pulled off a major coup in November when it was able to unveil Father Christmas as its newest crimefighting hero. Since that time, 32 appeals have been issued through Facebook and Twitter and published in the local newspapers.

As a result, 19 people were tracked down and arrested in connection with offences including theft, shoplifting, assault and harassment, as well as for failing to comply with court orders.

The initiative was part of the Constabulary’s ‘All We Want For Christmas’ campaign, which has focused on areas of crime prevention and safety such as burglary, drink-driving and robbery.

Head of Criminal Justice, Detective Superintendent Jon Betts, said: “This element of the Constabulary’s Christmas campaign has really caught the imagination of the public, and it is largely thanks to them that it has proved to be so successful.

“Those who have been traced would quite happily have carried on living their lives and celebrated Christmas while evading the justice. It demonstrates the power of social media and the positive effect that everyone can have when we all pull together to help keep our communities safe.”

A number of humorous videos and images have been released on the Constabulary’s social media channels, accompanied by important safety messages. To catch up on these, or to stay informed in future, follow us on Twitter @cheshirepolice, ‘like’ our Cheshire Police Facebook page, or visit www.cheshire.police.uk

If you have any information regarding someone you know is wanted by police please call Cheshire Constabulary on 101. Information can also be left anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555111.