Sherry brings festive cheer 

11/02/10

Residents and partygoers in Bolton enjoyed a more trouble-free Christmas, as Operation Sherry slashed crime across the town centre by more than a third.

Overall, 139 fewer people fell victim to crime in December in the town centre compared to last year, including 45 fewer shoplifting offences.

The December crackdown saw the council, police and other agencies working closely together. More than 1500 bottles of water were handed out to revellers at weekends to encourage them to pace their drinks. During the day, activities to target vehicle crime, pickpocketing and shoplifting took place, with CCTV closely monitored and truancy sweeps carried out.

Taxi marshals were in place to make sure people got home safely at the end of their night out and 'Street Angels' were also on hand to offer assistance, and give out bottled water and Be Safe and Party leaflets.

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