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Hampshire Police wish community a happy Christmas

The force has been planning ahead to ensure resources are dedicated to the right areas over the Christmas period to keep people safe and reduce crime.

Local operations are taking place across the force area to help prevent such offences, protect victims and keep communities safe.

Simon Hayes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire said: “For the majority, Christmas and New Year is a time to celebrate and enjoy time with family, friends and colleagues. But for others, it’s a time to commit crime."

I want to wish everyone in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight a safe and enjoyable festive season. This is always a very busy time and as we know, that can lead to an increase in violence, alcohol-related crime, anti-social behaviour and thefts. That’s why we’ve been planning ahead to ensure we have the right resources in the right place at the right time. I would like to thank all of our officers, staff and volunteers and Special Constables who will be working hard throughout this period and will continue to do so to help keep our communities safe."

– Laura Nicholson, Assistant Chief Constable

Hampshire police shutting down more illegal raves

Unlicensed music events, or illegal raves, have halved in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight since the police launched their operation in May this year.

During 2013, a total of 12 reported raves have taken place across the two counties, compared with 22 in 2012.

Operation Enigma, launched by Hampshire Constabulary, is a new way of dealing with unlicensed music events.

They have made sure that the gatherings do not happen in the first place, by visiting landowners and giving them advice on securing their properties.

Posting warning letters to the owners of vehicles going to rave sites has also helped prevent the events from happening.

Operation Enigma has also responded quickly to shutting the raves down, with police swiftly closing nine this year.

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Statement from Hampshire Police

"We all know that using mobile phones at the wheel distracts you from the road, we know that alcohol affects your response times and we know that not wearing a seatbelt can increase your chances of dying in a crash.

We also know that the faster we drive, the more likely the risk of us dying if we crash or killing someone else if we hit them.

"The aim of this crackdown is to really hammer home the risks that bad driving practise carries with it and try to change the attitudes of those driving poorly."

– Inspector Andy Bottomley, Hampshire Constabulary

Five die on the Isle of Wight

Hampshire Police say they will target drivers on the Isle of Wight after five people died in separate incidents on the Island's roads between July and August.

So far this year there has been 102 fewer people killed or seriously injured in Hampshire and Dorset as a result of car accidents.

One of those killed was 10-year-old Evey Staley after an incident on the Cowes Road near Newport.

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