WIGAN crooks can’t complain that they never get anything off the police.
After all, they will soon be receiving festive greetings cards.
Mind you, the special deliveries won’t necessarily bring local ne’er-do-wells comfort and joy, because they carry a message warning them that officers will be tracking them down over Christmas and the new year for past offences.
The tongue-in-cheek cards feature a pair of serious-looking police officers wearing paper hats on the front, with the message “All we want for Christmas is...”
Inside is the word “YOU”, and a space where the name and date of birth of the wanted offender can be written in.
The cards are being sent to the last-known addresses of crime suspects who have yet to answer justice, or those of their family or friends, with the intention that they will be passed on to the wanted offender.
They are urged to give themselves up at their nearest police station, or expect a visit from officers on Christmas Day. A police spokesman said: “We have a special fugitive unit dedicated to tracing criminals that have gone to ground, and bringing them before the courts. We regularly visit their last-known addresses, and those of their known accomplices, family and friends to see if they can provide any information on their whereabouts, and to urge them to persuade the offenders to give themselves up.
“These cards help us to maintain that pressure. The message is clear, give yourselves up now, or spend this Christmas constantly looking out for us over your shoulder.”
Wigan Police this week launched their seasonal crackdown on crime, Operation Reindeer.
It includes high visibility patrols and other measures to prevent daytime thefts, and extra security measures to prevent trouble in night time economy hotspots.
Anyone with information on wanted offenders can call police direct on 101, the new non-emergency national number, or provide information anonymously through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.