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This week Operation Vulcan were out in full force disrupting the counterfeit trade in the area, with the help of the North Tutor Unit, MCC civil enforcement (parking wardens), blue badge fraud unit, and Biffa Waste management.
With the majority of illegitimate shops unable to open out of fear that their fake goods would be seized, the streets were a lot quieter, allowing officers to spend time engaging with members of public and gathering intel.
Alongside some fantastic proactive community engagement, the day delivered an array of great results:
Inspector Andrew Torkington, one of GMP’s specialist officers involved in Operation Vulcan said: “These days of action go a long way to help make the local area safer. By being out in the community front and centre, we’ve been able to show everyone what we’re here to do and achieve. As always, this isn’t a one off, and Operation Vulcan will be here in 2023 targeting every level of criminality in Cheetham Hill and Strangeways.
“Counterfeit clothing funds criminality, at home and abroad. It contributes to the deprivation of the area, the waste that is scattered across the streets is so prolific because these illegal premises have no trade waste accounts, so throw their rubbish onto the streets.
“Feedback from members of the community and legitimate businesses continues to be overwhelmingly supportive, and they are the reason we are undertaking this activity - to support everyone who has had enough of this behaviour and the devastating impact it is having on their livelihoods.”