Yesterday (Tuesday 30 May), Operation Vulcan spent the day in the Cheetham Hill and Strangeways, joined by partner agencies and over 60 police officers from across the force.
The objective of the day was to target every element of criminality and intercept dangerous drivers and anyone driving illegally to make our streets safer.
Most importantly however, these operations give us the opportunity to connect with the community and tackle issues that matter the most to them, such as anti-social driving, theft, burglary and drug dealing.
As part of the day, HM Prison and Probation Service offered two teams of probationers on Community Payback to litter pick and tidy in the area of Mary Street in Strangeways – making it safer, cleaner and more accessible for the local community to use once again. Community payback is a government initiative which gets those on probation to work on local projects to pay back to the community for their crimes and make a positive difference.
Alongside some fantastic community engagement, the day delivered an array of great results including:
- 62 traffic offences recorded
- 5 prohibitions placed on vehicles due to being in a poor condition
- 9 Vehicles seized
- 5 persons arrested for a variety of offences including possession of drugs with the intention to supply and immigration offences.
- 5 vehicles and 10 persons searched, leading to the recovery of drugs, a large knife and a large amount of counterfeit clothes.
- 2 tonnes of waste taken off the streets by Biffa
- Several fines issued by parking enforcement and waste enforcement
Sergeant Dan Cullum, one of Operation Vulcan’s specialist officers, said: “It was great to be joined by so many of our partner agencies and officers from across the force today. The benefit of working together is that we can combine our intelligence and skills to face local problems together and find sustainable solutions.
“Whilst we made a number of positive arrests today, our main priority was to show to community that Operation Vulcan is still here, tackling the crimes that matter most to them.
“We want local people to get involved and to keep talking to us, sharing concerns and reporting suspicious behaviour so we can act on it. Intelligence from members of the public helps us with our on-going investigations – no matter how small the information may seem.”
Anyone with information should report it online or by using our LiveChat service at www.gmp.police.uk.
Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.