‘You have nowhere to hide’

Police in Fleetwood are combining with other government agencies in a week-long crackdown on crime, including traffic violations, anti-social behaviour and drug and alcohol abuse.'The team outside Fleetwood police station.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'22-9-2014

Police in Fleetwood are combining with other government agencies in a week-long crackdown on crime, including traffic violations, anti-social behaviour and drug and alcohol abuse.'The team outside Fleetwood police station. PIC BY ROB LOCK'22-9-2014

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Criminals on part of the Fylde coast have been warned they have no place to hide after a major crackdown on offending was launched.

Fleetwood’s officers are vowing to tackle all crimes, from nabbing the area’s most prolific offenders to purse dipping in the town centre as part of Wyre Action Week.

And they have warned known offenders to come and see them first to avoid their door being broken down.

The week of action started with the arrest of a man for burglary.

Within an hour of piecing together vital information, the man was locked up at Fleetwood police station ready for questioning. He has since been charged and was due to appear before magistrates in Blackpool.

Insp Steven Bell and Sgt Steve Hardman, the risk and threat manager for Wyre, are determined to get as much out of the week as possible.

Insp Bell said: “It’s about reassuring residents that we have the capability to deliver a good service.

“There have been a lot of changes in the police recently, including cuts, but by pulling on our resources we can deal with it.”

Fleetwood Police will be working closely with officers from Blackpool, mounted police and colleagues from further afield, to send a clear message that crime in Fleetwood and Wyre will not be tolerated.

Insp Bell added: “We will be visiting wanted offenders and the message is clear – hand yourselves in, come and see us first if you want to save your front door from being broken down.”

There are several planned police operations throughout this week.

Mounted police will be visible in the town centres and the road policing unit will be out near Fleetwood schools to tackle parking issues.

“There have been reports that people are arguing over parking,” said Insp Bell.

“These are issues which concern the public and the welfare of children is paramount so we will be out to educate people and if they are not prepared to take our advice we will be looking at enforcement. We will also be operating road checkpoints through the week pooling resources from DVLA, VOSA, Customs and Trading Standards.”

Officers will be tackling underage drinking, drugs and issues with legal high substances and local licensees and shop keepers will be attending a course about crime prevention within the night time economy.

There will be joint visits by the dangerous sex offenders unit who will be visiting regular offenders who have conditions to abide by and to make sure they are complying.

Outstanding warrants will be executed and officers will be tackling issues which blight the town centre including checks in charity shops for stolen property.

Ivor Bould, chairman of Fleetwood Neighbourhood Watch said: “We need officers on the ground. With all the cuts, crime rates have gone up and this is the only way we can clamp down.”