Published: Tuesday 13th July 2021

Keeping Cheshire’s communities safe is a key role of the police, and Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire John Dwyer had the opportunity to accompany officers from the Rural Crime Team and Macclesfield Local Policing Unit to see what steps they’ve been taking to reassure their rural residents.

Operation Crossbow saw Cheshire Police work closely with the local community and Cheshire East Council encouraging the reporting of rural crime and demonstrating the preventative action that can be taken to help aid crime prevention.

John Dwyer commented:

“It was a privilege to spend time with the local policing team in Macclesfield, the Rural Crime Team, partners and the community to help provide a visible presence to the community and deter rural crime.

“Tackling rural crime is one of my key objectives, and I want to reassure the communities of Cheshire that their local policing teams are here to listen to their concerns any time day or night.”

PC Jim Clark from the Rural Crime Team said:

“As part of the operation we stopped a number of suspicious vehicles, proactively reduced the chances of anti-social behaviour in the countryside and got some good quality intelligence to help us tackle and prevent crime. 

“We forged some very good relationships with residents from the local community and this in turn gave them a chance to see how we operate at night in our determination to deter, prevent and reduce criminal activity in the 613 square miles of rural Cheshire. 

“We plan to repeat this type of operation across the county several times over the coming months.”