Halloween weekend celebrations passed peacefully in Northwich and Winsford, with fewer incidents than previous years.
Chief Inspector Simon Meegan said: “We traditionally see an increase in calls to all emergency services during this period, particularly around Halloween when the activities of a small number ‘trick or treaters’ borders on antisocial or criminal in nature, and members of our community do not want the unwanted intrusion.
“However, this year, we have had lower levels than usual due to the proactive and visible Operation Treacle presence which included officers on bikes in the Wharton area of Winsford and the use of Dispersal Orders in Leftwich and Wharton to support the policing operation.”
Police received less than 20 calls over the weekend in relation to Halloween anti-social behaviour and officers out in the area were able to deal with any problems by being in the right place at the right time and issuing dispersal orders where appropriate.
‘Dispersal Powers’ were authorised for the entire weekend – a relatively new legislative tool in the police armoury – meaning that the power existed to direct anyone suspected of committing crime or antisocial behaviour to leave the area. In total, over the course of Friday and Saturday night, a total of 5 ‘Dispersal notices’ were issued
Chief Inspector Meegan said: “Lots of careful planning came to fruition this weekend, meaning we could concentrate our efforts in providing a highly visible policing presence as a deterrent to troublemakers.”
Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer said: “Since coming into office I have been clear that tackling anti-social behaviour is a priority and I support the Constabulary in using the range of powers at their dispersal to keep us safe. The behaviour of some around the Halloween period can cause real anxiety in our communities, particularly for elderly and vulnerable members of the public. I am delighted to see the dedication of the Constabulary’s officers and staff working in our neighbourhoods and with our partners. The results have been positive and I would like to thank everyone from across all agencies for their efforts in making the operation a success.”
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