Festive blitz against cash van ambushes

A cash-in-transit raid in Leigh
A cash-in-transit raid in Leigh
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WIGAN police have launched a crackdown on cash-in-transit robberies, stepping up patrols to prevent delivery vans’ being targeted in the run-up to Christmas.

Detectives from Titan, the regional organised crime unit, are working alongside local officers and those from forces across the region to combat the threat as they continue their pledge to keep people safe over the festive season.

Patrols will be routinely following vans delivering and collecting cash from ATMs, banks, post offices and shops to ensure that security guards remain safe during their busiest time of the year. Police police dogs will also be providing a visible presence in the borough.

Titan is working with individual forces and the security industry to target the gangs responsible and stop employees and businesses suffering from these crimes.

GMP Det Supt Mark Smith added: “Cash-in-transit robberies are extremely serious, often violent crimes that have a lasting impact on those involved. Some people may believe that these crimes are victimless but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

“The drivers of these vehicles are just ordinary members of the public doing their job yet an attack can ruin their lives, causing serious physical and psychological damage. Innocent members of the public can get caught up in the incident and also be affected, as can staff working at the business where the cash was being delivered to or collected from.

“We will be watching these vans closely over the festive period, with trained officers and police dogs in the surrounding areas.

“Let us be clear - we will be making life very difficult for criminals this season.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 9063 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.