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Bobbies back on the beat at Christmas

EXTRA officers will be on foot patrol in Cheshire villages in the run-up to Christmas.

EXTRA officers will be on foot patrol in Cheshire villages in the run-up to Christmas.

Operation Attention will allow rural constables to concentrate on walking their beat without having to respond to incidents elsewhere in the county.

Money has been found to pay the overtime needed to run the operation which will cover the period up to Christmas and early into the New Year.

Two extra officers will be completely freed up each day with the time shared between all the villages including Malpas, Farndon, Tattenhall, Tarvin, Barrow, Ashton and Kelsall.

Sergeant Terry Honeyborne, who recently became the second rural sergeant, said: 'We are allocating rural officers on foot. They will be free from the burdens of covering a patch. If calls come in, they won't be allocated to them.

'They will be high profile, in fluorescent coats, working in pairs during the afternoons covering the schools and shops and in the evenings when youths congregate.

'They will be making contact with members of the public, offering reassurance and giving advice.'

He added: 'Thirty years ago a bobby would go round on foot or on their bike speaking to the public and we are trying to have a little go at it.'

He said the operation was intended as a temporary initiative but, depending on its success and feedback from the public, it could be extended.

The initiative was given the thumbs up when Sgt Honeyborne spoke to members of Malpas Parish Council.

Cllr Darren Palmer said: 'That's what we want. We physically need to see them.'

Cllr Ray Taylor added: 'It's nice to think they are going back 50 years to put foot patrols back on.'


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