Police launch festive crime blitz

Police launch Operation Bauble
Police launch Operation Bauble

WIGAN police have launched a 12 days of Christmas pre-emptive strike against crooks causing misery during the festive period.

A dozen high-profile days of action were launched this week which will tackle the traditional spike in crime usually seen during this time of year.

The operation, which is codenamed ‘Bauble’, will see up to 1,000 officers take to the streets across Greater Manchester to disrupt criminal activity and stop offenders in their tracks.

Operation Bauble will target a range of offences including burglary, domestic abuse, robbery, handling stolen goods, dangerous and illegal driving and alcohol-fuelled violence.

Local officers across Wigan borough will be joined by specialist resources during each of the 12 days, including traffic, tactical aid, automatic number plate recognition, intercept teams, mounted and dog units.

The teams will blitz areas and weed out individuals intent on committing crime and preying on vulnerable 

Police are also calling on communities to keep themselves and others safe, report crime and suspicious activity and look out for neighbours, relatives and friends.

Supt Craig Thompson said: “We want law-abiding people to remember Christmas for all the right reasons and to make sure this happens we’ll be doing everything we can to take offenders off our streets through Operation 

“Divisional officers with the support of specialist resources will be targeting local issues to ensure there isn’t a spike in crime and people can go about their daily business safely.

“The community can also do their bit to keep themselves and others safe this time of year by keeping their homes secure, arranging a safe mode of transport after a night out or checking on elderly neighbours to see if they are OK.”

To report crime call Greater Manchester Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Keep up-to-date with news from the Operation Bauble Team by following #OpBauble and #GMPChristmas on Twitter.