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More than 800 arrests were made by Cheshire Police during the force’s Blue Christmas campaign, figures show.

Of the 830 people arrested, 54 spent Christmas Day in custody and another 154 people started 2016 looking at the back of a custody cell door.

The figures were released by Cheshire Police covering the campaign dates from late November to early January.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts said: “Over the festive period we’ve been issuing crime prevention advice, personal safety advice, cracked down on wanted offenders and provided extra patrols to deal with incidents that have arisen across the county.

“The campaign focussed on 12 key topics – including home safety, and not ‘gifting’ items to thieves this Christmas.

“We have seen a decrease in the number of burglary incidents reported to us over the festive period which is pleasing to see.”

Between Sunday December 20 and Saturday January 2, the Force Control Centre received 3,797 emergency calls – of which 95.7% were answered within 10 seconds.

294 of the calls were received on Christmas Day, while 356 were received on the busiest night of the year, New Year’s Eve.

Calls related to a variety of incidents, including road traffic collisions, anti-social behaviour and burglary to name a few.

Asst Chief Const Roberts added: “The national trend has shown a decrease – our proactive policing approach has seen an increase in our arrest figures.

“I’m very impressed with the policing response and want to thank officers and staff for their hard work and commitment to the people of Cheshire.

“I also want to thank the public, for their continued efforts, by heeding safety advice and enabling us to help you when and where required.”

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