Merry Xmas for po­lice as ‘naughty list’ cam­paign proves a hit

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page - BY OLIVER CLAY oliver.clay@trin­i­tymir­ @Oliv­erClayRWWN

PO­LICE traced two of the sus­pects on its Run­corn most­wanted ‘naughty list’. Of­fi­cers had been seek­ing Ryan Buck­ley, 31, wanted in con­nec­tion with theft, and Lisa Walsh, 31, for fail­ing to ap­pear at court.

Two sus­pects from Run­corn on the list re­mained out­stand­ing at time of writ­ing.

Across Cheshire, the naughty list ini­tia­tive led to 19 of those fea­tured be­ing found, out of 32 ap­peals in con­nec­tion with of­fences in­clud­ing theft, shoplift­ing, as­sault, ha­rass­ment and fail­ing to com­ply with court or­ders.

The other two from Run­corn sought by po­lice were James El­lis, 21, wanted for breach of a court or­der, and Christy O’Cal­laghan, 20, wanted for fail­ing to ap­pear at court.

The ini­tia­tive was part of the con­stab­u­lary’s ‘All We Want For Christ- mas’ crime preven­tion cam­paign.

Other schemes dur­ing the pe­riod in­cluded vis­its to li­censed premises and high-vis­i­bil­ity pa­trols dur­ing the evening, a bid to thwart thieves and breathalysing driv­ers.

Dis­cussing the naughty list, De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Jon Betts, Cheshire po­lice’s head of crim­i­nal jus­tice, said: “This el­e­ment of the con­stab­u­lary’s Christ­mas cam­paign has re­ally caught the imag­i­na­tion of the pub­lic, and it is largely thanks to them that it has proved to be so suc­cess­ful.

“Those who have been traced would quite hap­pily have car­ried on liv­ing their lives and cel­e­brated Christ­mas while evad­ing the jus­tice.

“It demon­strates the power of so­cial me­dia and the pos­i­tive ef­fect that ev­ery­one can have when we all pull to­gether to help keep our com­mu­ni­ties safe.”

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion about some­one wanted by the po­lice can call 101 or leave in­for­ma­tion anony­mously on 0800 555 111. ●

Po­lice have traced Lisa Walsh

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