Knife found hidden in children’s play park and make arrests in area crackdown

Officers working to tackle violent crimes in Failsworth since January have made six arrests and recovered a knife from a children’s play area.

Four district special constables have been patrolling Failsworth and Limeside to try and tackle burglaries, robberies and violent crimes in the area.

Since January, the specials have made six arrests for drug offences, vehicle offences, and a failure to appear in court.

Nine vehicles have been seized and recovered, with three other vehicles searched by officers.

Specials have also carried out four stop-and-searches, and discovered a knife hidden in a children’s play area.

Inspector Chris Julien from GMP’s Oldham District said: “Since I joined Oldham District’s Neighbourhood Policing Team at the start of the year, our Special Constabulary colleagues have given up their spare time every week to support with the policing of Greater Manchester, and in particular, the Failsworth area.

“They have provided invaluable support to our Neighbourhood Policing Team, as the Special Constabulary members offer a visible reassurance to our communities.

Special constables carrying out a weapons sweep
(Image: Greater Manchester Police)

“They’ve had some great results over the past few months, and have used a variety of policing tactics, patrolling day and night to make a real difference, and keep the community safe from harm and wrong-doing.

“Their hard work and dedication as volunteers has not gone unnoticed.

“Not only this, but in addition to their support in Failsworth, the Special Constabulary Team support policing across the district each week, and have recently attended a number of incidents such as protests, road traffic accidents, and supported other voluntary groups such as mountain rescue.

“Each year, Greater Manchester Police recruit 120 Special Constables. They help prevent crime and interact with the diverse communities we serve. Special Constables help support local Police initiatives, assist regular Police Officers and help increase Police visibility and public reassurance.

“They have full constabulary powers and are a vital part of the Police service. The Special Constabulary is a formal volunteer pathway for those who want to help our local communities.”

Led by Special Sergeant Simpson and Special Inspector Saville, the team have been patrolling the areas day and night, speaking to young people and trying to get them off the streets – reducing anti-social behaviour reports.

Out both in cars and on bikes, they’ve been speaking to the people that live in problem areas, trying to reassure victims of crime that action is being taken to keep them safe.

In addition to the arrests, the team have been doing weapons sweeps at “hot-spot” locations, assisting with investigations, and helping search efforts to find missing people.

Manchester Evening News – Oldham