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This is not just a Christmas dinner: Greater Manchester Police send out warning to would-be offenders in M&S mock-up

Warning: GMP's M&S-style Christmas message Credit: GMP

Greater Manchester Police is warning offenders to be on their best behaviour this festive period or face the consequences.

Criminals across the region will receive a Christmas card warning them that they risk jail time if they misbehave over Christmas, with a tongue-in-cheek message to go with it.

Almost 1000 cards will be sent out containing the well-known M&S Christmas message, but this time with a twist – “This is not just a Christmas dinner… this is a GMP custody suite Christmas dinner”.

The message will run alongside a photo of a luxury Christmas lunch compared with a custody sergeant holding a standard custody suite meal. It’s followed by the warning that offenders will spend time in the cells if they break the law this festive period.

Superintendent Chris Hankinson, Branch Commander for Criminal Justice & Custody at GMP said:

“Whilst this card does poke a bit of fun at our custody suites’ meal options, there is a serious message behind this.

“Law-abiding citizens of Greater Manchester should be able to enjoy Christmas without fear of criminal behaviour wreaking havoc. This card is our reminder that we will not tolerate a small handful of people ruining a special time for many, and will take action where appropriate.

“Our officers have been working hard to keep homes safe from burglars, bringing offenders to justice and ensuring the safety of everyone on the streets and in their communities. We’d ask all recipients of this card to be mindful of their behaviour and to make the right choice – it’s either behave or spend Christmas behind bars. The choice is yours.”

– Superintendent Chris Hankinson