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Operation Safer Tameside continues to have an impact

Press Release: 24/11/2021

 
 
safer tamesideOVER 10,000 illicit cigarettes and 200 packets of illicit hand rolled tobacco were seized during joint enforcement team visits held this week as part of the ongoing Operation Safer Tameside.
 
The day of action, which was held on Tuesday 23 November and involved a highly visible, multi-agency presence in hot spot areas, also resulted in no public reports of anti-social behaviour or crimes in the targeted neighbourhoods. This is rare and suggests the increased enforcement activity had a positive impact.
 
Operation Safer Tameside, which involves Tameside Council, Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, aims to tackle anti-social behaviour, community safety and public protection issues.
 
It was launched with a town centre day of action held earlier this month in the run up to bonfire night, which resulted a in 95% reduction in reports of anti-social behaviour.
 
wagtailThis week’s day of action involved officers out in residential areas of Ashton, Stalybridge, Hyde and Droylsden where there have been concerns about anti-social behaviour and other community safety issues.
 
The operation involved checks on premises, including  trading standards working with Wagtails sniffer dogs, environmental health and licensing. Officers also spoke to residents to discuss any concerns and share crime prevention and safety advice.
 
The youth service was also involved in talking to groups of young people and diverting them to positive activities.
 
There will be further, regular days of action and night time joint enforcement team visits in the coming weeks and months as part of Operation Safer Tameside, as we continue to tackle different areas of concern.
 
Tameside Council Executive Member responsible for neighbourhoods Cllr Allison Gwynne said: “I’m really pleased to see our continued and robust partnership approach to tackling anti-social behaviour and community safety and public protection issues is having a positive impact. We are getting great feedback on the operation from local people and businesses. We know there is still work to do and our officers continue to be out day in, day out tackling  issues to help make Tameside safer.”
 
Chief Superintendent Rob Cousen, Tameside District Commander, said: “This was our second day of action under the Operation Safer Tameside banner, following on from our successful summer road safety initiatives and our town centres day of action earlier this month. Working as part of a Community Safety Partnership, we are engaging with residents in areas where issues have been raised, to understand local issues and then to act on those issues with a multi-agency approach to make Tameside safer.
 
“I’m really proud of the partnership we have here in Tameside and residents in these areas will see the strength of the partnership and the commitment to build a stronger, safer borough to live, work and visit.”
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