Police send out a seasonal warning to known thieves - in a Christmas greeting

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Criminals are getting seasons greetings of a different kind from police in part of Calderdale.

The Lower Valley Neighbourhood policing team are sending out cards to known and suspected offenders with the message: “We’ve put something away for Christmas - make sure it’s not you.”

The front shows a man in a cell and the message inside reads: “Lower Valley neighbourhood policing team will be working hard this Christmas keeping our eyes on known offenders.”

Another card shows a police handcuff inside a Christmas cracker with the message: “We’ll be cracking crime this Christmas.”

Officers are hoping the cards, aimed at those who commit burglary, vehicle crime and anti-social behaviour, will discourage further offending.

Sergeant Warren Pitman, from the team, said: “This is a good opportunity to let offenders and suspected criminals know that we won’t be taking a break over Christmas.

“People who have been involved in crime, particularly burglary, vehicle crime or anti-social behaviour, in the Lower Calder Valley can expect visits from us in the run-up to Christmas.”

Officers have been hand-delivering the cards so that they can speak to the individuals concerned face-to-face and discuss ways in which they can be helped and deterred from committing crime.

Neighbourhood policing team officers have also been contacting victims of burglary from December last year to offer crime-prevention advice to prevent them from becoming a victim of crime again.

Sergeant Pitman said: “Throughout the festive season we will be continuing to work hard to track criminals down and prevent crime so that our local community can enjoy Christmas.”