/ Town crier launches city centre policing operation

Police have called upon a traditional Town Crier to officially launch Operation Advent, the Christmas policing operation for the city centre.

Operation Advent takes place across the city and police will be out in force to deter shoplifting, public disorder, antisocial behaviour, aggressive begging, excessive alcohol consumption, vehicle crime and personal robbery.

Officers will also work closely with the business community to reduce opportunities for thieves to strike and will pay particular attention to cash points, banks and building societies, coffee shops, jewellers and areas of high footfall.

The City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team will also be using Twitter to deliver crime prevention advice during the Christmas period and will be running a competition to spark interest. Follow @GMPCityCentre and use the hash tag #GMPAdvent to follow the conversation.

People can also get crime prevention advice over the festive period from GMP’s online advent calendar. Visit www.gmp.police.uk/advent for more information.

Chief Inspector Gareth Parkin from the North Manchester Division of Greater Manchester Police said: “Manchester is one of the main shopping centres in the UK and during the festive period attracts thousands of visitors who come to our city to enjoy everything it has to offer.

“Operation Advent will ensure that there is a high profile policing presence on the streets so that people feel safe and are able to enjoy the festive period without the fear of crime.

“To help police keep City Centre as safe as possible, residents are reminded of some simple crime prevention advice they can follow to keep themselves safe. Keep valuables such as mobile phones and cash out of view, stick to well-lit streets and park vehicles in a secure car park.” 

Cllr Bernard Priest, Manchester City Council's executive member for neighbourhood services, said: "Manchester city centre is visited by hundreds of thousands of people over the festive period, as they come in to enjoy our Christmas markets, shops and restaurants. We are working closely with the police to make sure they remember their visit for all the right reasons and enjoy a safe and peaceful time in the city."

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