Cheshire Police are stepping up actions to target key issues in the community as part of Neighbourhood Policing Week.

From Monday 17 January, all nine local police units will be addressing problems raised by local residents, alongside their normal duties.The national campaign aims to show different forces working together to demonstrate the benefits they have to the public.

These include: speed enforcement in Chester, youth engagement in Ellesmere Port, Macclesfield and Crewe, targeting anti-social behaviour in Northwich and Warrington, knife sweeps in Widnes and licensing patrols in Congleton. In Chester City, the policing team is expanding to involve 23 officers and community safety wardens on patrol.

Assistant Chief Constable Bill Dutton, the lead for Neighbourhood Policing, said that it was a fantastic opportunity for the public to see how the teams work to keep communities safe.

He said: "There will be a variety of things going on in the next week that will offer an insight into some of the initiatives that are ongoing to make Cheshire a hostile place for criminals.

“The week will also allow local communities to speak with their policing teams to tell us about the issues they are experiencing so that we can have a positive impact."

John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, said: "Speeding, anti-social behaviour, engagement and tackling crime are all key areas of work, and issues that are regularly brought to my attention. I hope this spotlight on neighbourhood policing offers the reassurance that action is being taken in our communities to keep us all safe."

This work will be followed on a daily basis on both Facebook and Twitter, where force accounts will feature highlights of the week and cover activity throughout 2022.