TAX increases to pay for better policing have been worthwhile, according to the chief constable of Cheshire.
This year, residents in Runcorn and Widnes stumped up for an increase of 19.8% towards the police service in their Council Tax - working out at an extra £14.56 over the year, or 28p each week.
Police boss Peter Fahy said: 'The increase in the police budget has helped us to work on some very successful projects. It's good to report that the public's money has been invested to maximum effect.'
He highlighted police campaigns which had been made possible thanks to the cash injection, including Operation Yellow Card, which has targeted problem youths and disorder on Friday and Saturday nights.
Other youth nuisance had been tackled, with the issuing of 19 Anti-Social Behaviour Orders in the past six months, while a massive investigation into the supply of Class A drugs in the county led to 35 arrests.