Tackling criminal activity across Widnes Date published: 8th December 2016 2.49pm

On Wednesday 7 December officers from Widnes Local Policing unit took part in Operation Lightening with the aim of disrupting criminal activity and denying criminals the use of the roads.

The operation kicked off early on Wednesday morning when officers conducted two warrants in Widnes. The warrants at address on Oxford Street and Coronation Drive in Widnes resulted in the recovery of a quantity of Class B Drugs

For the rest of the day officers, working in partnership the Taxi Licensing Authority and the Courts Warrants team, used the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to identify and target criminals using the road network.

Chief Inspector Richard Rees from Cheshire Police, said: "We are relentless in our pursuit against crime and will use a whole host of tactics to disrupt criminals across Widnes.

“Criminals rely on the road network to enable them to commit criminal offences as part of operation lightening officers used resources such as ANPR technology to identify and target criminals in our area.

As a result of operation more than 50 vehicles were stopped and six TORs were issued for using handheld devices and not wearing seatbelts.

Chief Inspector Rees added: “There is a strong link between the illegal use of vehicles and other serious and organised crime, which is why we are working together with our colleagues to target these criminals as they travel across the region.

“This is about using joint resources to make the roads a hostile place for travelling criminals who do harm in our communities.

“The message is clear - you use stolen vehicles, you drive illegally, you travel the roads to commit crime, then we will target you”