Twelve arrests have been made in just one week as Wiltshire Police launch their festive operation designed to crack down on crime over Christmas.

‘Operation Dasher’ is the force's annual initiative targeting crime and antisocial behaviour in Wiltshire across the Christmas period.

Since the operation launched on Saturday, December 2, officers have already made 12 arrests and dealt with 16 reported offences.

Four people were arrested after failing to attend court dates after being issued a warrant.

In just one week, officers have also conducted five stop searches, two of which resulted in the recovery of stolen goods.

Speaking about the new Christmas campaign to stop crime and antisocial behaviour, Acting Inspector Winter said: “Officers have been out on the streets conducting high-visibility patrols, working with our partners from the council, Pubwatch and businesses to ensure everyone can have a safe and merry experience over the festive period.

“We have made a number of arrests in conjunction with our Wanted this Winter campaign where we target offenders who have failed to appear in court, but we are also keen to use community resolutions where appropriate.

“These are methods of restorative justice and are an alternate way of dealing with less serious crimes.

“In the coming weeks, you will continue to see more officers out and about to combat crime and to offer reassurance to the public and business community,” he added.