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Police record 50% drop in Christmas time arrests

Christmas was not so merry for some people in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, as police made 18 arrests during the festive period linked to various incidents including assault and kidnap.
Cambridgeshire police have arrested 18 people for several offences including drug/drink driving across the county on Christmas Day (Picture: Cambs police)

However,this is a reduction of 50% from last Christmas, where 36 people were arrested across the county - when Covid was unknown of course.

During the Christmas break, between December 24 and December 29, 2020, police took 84 people into custody across the county, although only 18 people were arrested following a record of crime. Out of 84 in police custody, 27 were taken for alleged assault, 11 for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, nine for criminal damage and four people for threatening to kill. 

This year Christmas was unusual and different for many as Peterborough was placed under the Tier 4 category, in order to control the Covid infection. This meant all social gatherings and festive plans had to be cancelled.

A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire Police has given a breakdown for the arrests which are as follows: 

  • Assault in Peterborough, Fenland and Huntington- 10 
  • Burglary -2 
  • Drink driving in Peterborough
  • Drink driving in Cambridge
  • Criminal Damage
  • Possession with intent to supply drugs in Peterborough 
  • Kidnap in Wansford 
  • Possession of a knife in Ely 


Wishing everyone a happy New Year, the force has urged people to follow the Covid measures and help keep everyone safe.