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Photos of criminal damage wanted
Vandalism from CCTV footage (GMP)
Pictures or footage of vandalism can now be submitted to police
People concerned about criminal damage are being asked to take pictures of vandalism and send them to police in a bid to prosecute more offenders.

Criminal damage costs Greater Manchester residents 66m each year, according to government figures.

Ch Supt Steve Hartley is now asking people to take pictures on their mobiles phones and send them to police.

Officers will also be targeting known criminals and vandalism hot spots in an attempt to cut crime and bad behaviour.

Police will be working with operators of CCTV systems on public transport, car parks and shopping centres to collect evidence.

Anyone wishing to submit their own pictures or video footage of criminal damage can do so through the police website.

With criminal damage accounting for 34% of overall crime in Greater Manchester, police hope extra patrols and more offers of CCTV footage will bring the figures down.



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