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THE TWELVE Days of Christmas are known for lords a-leaping, five gold rings and a partridge in a pear tree – but Greater Manchester Police are using the famous carol to tackle crime and protect vulnerable people over the festive period.

The 12-day campaign will take place both on the streets and online to prevent the traditional spike in crime this time of year.

Purse bells and other crime prevention tools will be handed out to shoppers in town centres to keep thieves at bay, while police will patrol car parks to prohibit vehicle theft.

The Advent campaign includes the launch of Tinsel TV where a new video will be released daily featuring Rudolph, Snowman and a Big Bad Wolf, who join Santa and his helpers to host a series of TV programmes giving crime prevention advice to residents.

Santa Claus came to town in Manchester, delivering safety tips for passers by on how to stay safe over Christmas and New Year.

GMP’s Christmas drink and drug operation will also continue throughout the month – and officers and cadets will deliver hampers to the elderly and those in need.

Greater Manchester Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said: “Christmas brings out the best in Greater Manchester people – the majority of whom are generous and warm-hearted.

“I hope people will tap into that festive community spirit and look out for older friends and neighbours who perhaps need a little help and company this year.

“There will always be those who want to spoil the party for everyone, so please take care of yourself and your friends when you’re out enjoying yourselves, and make sure everyone gets home safe and sound.”

You can visit www.gmp.police.uk to check out the daily videos or use the hashtag #GMPChristmas on Twitter to follow the latest police activity.

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