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Repeat offenders in Cheshire to receive Christmas card

Cheshire Police are sending Christmas cards to repeat offenders across the county to remind them of the less festive accommodation they could end up in this time of year.

The card depicts a cell with the line 'Looking for somewhere to stay this Christmas?'

There is a message inside from Chief Constable Mark Roberts, which states: “Spending Christmas with us is not recommended. If you are considering committing a crime, think again.”

The cards are being sent to hundreds of repeat offenders as part of the force’s #OpJingles campaign.

CC Roberts said the aim of #OpJingles is to deter criminals and keep people feeling safe and reassured over the festive period.

“This card has been designed in order to remind some of our more serial offenders that crime will not be tolerated, and if you do commit crime then we will target you.

“A custody suite is definitely not the best place to spend your time, and as you can see from the card the facilities we have are not going to be as luxurious as you would expect at home.

“I want to reassure people that we remain resolute in our pursuit of those who believe they are above the law and will ensure they are held accountable for the crimes they have committed.”

Cheshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer said: “Over my 30-year career in policing I saw plenty of people spending Christmas in the cells and I don’t imagine the experience has got any more enjoyable.

“There’s a serious message behind #OpJingles: If you’re going to try and ruin someone else’s Christmas in Cheshire through crime, you will only end up ruining your own.

“I hope everyone in Cheshire gets to enjoy a relaxed and responsible Christmas with their friends and family, and that anyone who wants to turn over a new leaf can do so in 2022.”

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