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It will not have escaped your notice on the national news that Operation Yewtree (investigating the Jimmy Saville abuse offences) keeps on making the headlines. One result of this is that far more historical and current abuse cases are now being reported to the police. All such reports are taken seriously and are fully investigated.

Whilst a growing team of specialist officers carry out the main enquiries, it is often the local officers who are the first point of contact for the victims. A great deal of training is given to all police officers in how to recognize and deal with Child Sexual Exploitation and all other forms of related abuse.
Not only will the police carry out a thorough and sympathetic investigation, but they will also work with other agencies in order to ensure that victims receive the support that they need, not only through the police investigation, but also to help them get their lives back on track, after their ordeal.

It always comes as a surprise when a new location of such abuse is identified. The main thing to learn from this is that abuse can happen anywhere in the country and in any place where young or vulnerable people are present. It is therefore important that everyone is aware of the possibility of offenders trying to take advantage of vulnerable people and not to think 'it could never happen here'...

Local priorities for March 2015

Burglaries — Police work hard to identify those locations which appear to being targeted by offenders and then to ensure that those responsible are arrested at the earliest opportunity. Officers will also try to notify those communities at particular risk as soon as possible, offering appropriate security advice. Due to the nature of such offences, targeted locations will often change on a regular basis.

ASB — Antisocial Behaviour takes many forms from rowdy youths to cultural discrimination. Where problems are identified, officers will work with the local community to try to identify the problem and then to work with all parties to try to alleviate the issues which cause tension and to encourage those involved to be aware of how their actions can be perceived.

Drug abuse - Drug abuse occurs at all levels in our communities, from the individual user who will often commit petty crime to fund their habit, to the street dealer who threatens and intimidates to generate their income, to the producers and main dealers who try to hide their activities behind legitimate businesses. Cheshire police are currently targeting drugs at all levels but are particularly keen to receive information relating to cannabis cultivation or the activities of main dealers