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Police in crackdown on criminals

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

By Leslie Jackson

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A TOTAL of 21 people have been arrested after police launched a crackdown on criminals - with known offenders being targeted.

Now officers are warning anyone thinking of being involved in any active crime or anti-social behaviour that they are to set up several more similar initiatives to keep the district free of incidents in the run up to Christmas and into the New Year.

Four week ago officers in Leek set up a Neighbourhood Action Team which involves plain clothes officers visiting many different locations.

The results in a short period of time has been exceptional with 21 people arrested for crimes involving a range of incidents, including aggravated burglary, shoplifting and indecent exposure.

Head of the Moorlands force, inspector Jon Ward, said: "We are targeting main offenders and people who have the most impact on the Staffordshire Moorlands policing area.

"I am delighted that by freeing up some officers time we have been successful within a few weeks.

"These are fantastic results in the first month. We will now continue to concentrate on violent order. Several of the cases are now being processed through the courts."

Inspector Ward also warned drugs uses that they were also now working with licensed premises.

He said: "We are going to visit pubs in the Moorlands unannounced. We will be using what is known as Ion Tracking. This is when a swab is placed over a person's hands.

"The swab then goes into a machine to see if that person has been involved in drugs. If positive this then allows us to do further searches and eventual prosecution in some cases."

The inspector also stated that the details of anyone found with a positive reading could also be sent to the pub watch scheme where they could be banned from town centres.

He added: "Any pub within the Staffordshire Moorlands could be visited in the next few weeks. The readings could see them banned from the licensed premises."

Police officers are also supporting a drink drinking project known as a DES scheme

The scheme, which will run through December and early January is for a party of people having a designated driver.

The majority of pub across the Moorlands are taking part in the scheme.

A police spokesman said : "The designated driver is given a wrist band, which entitles them to get free soft drinks during their stay. The scheme is aimed at reducing incident of drink driving throughout the Staffordshire Moorlands."

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