CHESHIRE Police will issue 'yellow cards' to suspected criminals under a new scheme.

Operation Yellow Card will enable officers to issue warning cards to people who they suspect of carrying out criminal activities on streets and roads across the county.

If a person is issued a second yellow card, they can be handed dispersal notices and civil orders.

Chief constable Mark Roberts said: “The message is clear – If you are coming into or travelling through Cheshire to commit a crime then we are watching you and you are not welcome.

“If we believe you are involved in criminality we will target you, and when we issue the yellow card we will explain to you why we are targeting you.

Warrington Guardian:

“This is not about stopping people indiscriminately and issuing them with a yellow card unnecessarily, it is about disrupting and deterring crime to help prevent Cheshire residents becoming a victim of crime.

“We’re making Cheshire a hostile place for criminals, and the law-abiding citizens of Cheshire can rest assured that we will continue to target and catch those people who think they can come into our county and commit crime.

“Criminals from outside of the county might think that travelling into Cheshire gives them an advantage, whereas through a range of methods we actually identify them quickly.

“Through initiatives like this, we’re determined to make life as difficult as possible for criminals and you need to know that if you are issued with a yellow card we will be proactively targeting your criminal activity should you return to Cheshire.”