A WEEK-LONG blitz on crime had officers knocking on doors, opening theirs – and bashing others down.
Police have hailed Blacon Impact week, which ran from Monday, July 21, to Friday, July 25, a success as they assess the results of their multi-faceted crackdown.
On the Thursday and Friday, police off-road bikes scoured the area in search of mini-moto crimes and other off-road bike problems.
Blacon PCSO Mike Henry said: “Their ability to go on to fields and other off road areas makes them a valuable asset to the police and, on this occasion, a huge help to the Blacon area.”
A biking officer arrested a male he caught drawing graffiti on one of the bridges covering the cycle track.
Victims of cold callers were also given a hand.
On the Friday, police and trading standards officers piloted a campaign against the practise in the Hadrian Drive and Cavalier Drive area, identified as vulnerable by police.
Packs with numbers to call if a cold caller comes to your door and information on how to deal with them were distributed.
Signs were also put onto lampposts at the entrances of the roads to warn it is a ‘no cold calling’ zone.
Officers intend to continue the initiative in other areas of Blacon.
Several drugs warrants where executed during the week, resulting in three arrests for possession with intent to supply cannabis, two street cautions for possession of cannabis and one arrest for possession with intent to supply a class A drug.
All those arrested are on currently on police bail.
On the Thursday, the DVLA came to help deprive criminals of the use of the road. They targeted vehicles without tax, illegal number plates and foreign vehicles that have not been registered.
Three warnings for no tax where issued and several drivers where advised about the legality of their number plates.
The DVLA also provided an Automatic Number Plate Recognition system on Western Avenue which could read the number plates of passing vehicles to check if they are road legal. It checked more than 1,075 vehicles and identified 10 unlicensed vehicles.
Patrols of the Millennium Greenway cycle track where made on the Wednesday following reports of wire being tied across the path and injuring cyclists. There was also a large amount of fly tipping occurring on the cycle track.
Sustrans, who own the cycle track, have been working closely with the police to try it as a safe place for people to go.
To coincide with Impact Week, the Courts Service undertook a number of warrants for unpaid fines in Chester.
A total of 28 people were dealt with, of which 10 were arrested and 18 surrendered to court after a visit to their address.
The total amount of fines for people arrested during the week was £6,333.81, while £10,000 in unpaid fines was paid back.
Chester and District Housing Trust helped throughout the Impact Week and had their own skips on Durham Road and outside Nant Peris flats.
It enabled residents to drop off unwanted rubbish that was too big to go in the bin.
PCSO Mike Henry said: “It was a big success and provided a great service for the residents of Blacon.”