Sirens not sleigh bells have sounded for more than 100 wanted criminals over the Christmas period.

Cheshire Police have been rounding up individuals who evaded justice by not co-operating with them or not turning up to court.

Officers have arrested 116 outstanding offenders under Operation Hatay 6, which ran from December 18 to Christmas Day.

Some of them were wanted for crimes such as assault, burglary and harassment.

Cheshire Constabulary head of criminal justice and custody superintendent Pete Crowcroft said: “Officers across Cheshire have been working extremely hard over the festive period to track down those who believe they can evade justice.

“A significant number of wanted people were detained during the course of the operation.

“Individuals who try to evade the courts are denying victims their chance to see justice done and this can often leave many of those affected unable to move on with their lives.”

More than 1,000 offenders have been brought in since Operation Hatay began in March 2014.

This time it was run as part of the constabulary’s Blue Christmas campaign, which also included a warning to beware of 'purse dippers'.

Cheshire Constabulary's Operation Blue Christmas is running until January 3
Cheshire Constabulary's Operation Blue Christmas is running until January 3

Superintendent Crowcroft said: “Each time we carry out this operation we are reminded what a difference it makes to the recovery process for victims and for justice.

“This is the sixth phase of our operation and our efforts will continue in the future.

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“We remain committed in pursuit of those who believe they are above the law and ensuring they are held to account.”

Anyone with information regarding someone you know is wanted by police can call Cheshire Constabulary on 101.

Details can also be left anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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