POLICE officers from Widnes and Warrington joined forces with firefighters to deliver hampers to the vulnerable and elderly.

PC Cameron Taylor and Sgt Lee Hillyard began distributing the gifts in 2016.

Morrisons, Sainsburys, and B&M Bargains kindly donated goods which colleagues from Cheshire Fire and Rescue helped to deliver.

On each visit a police officer or police community support officer and a fire safety advocate attended the homes of repeat vulnerable and elderly victims of crime and presented them with a hamper or stocking which included food, warm gloves and purse bells.

They were also given NHS stay well in winter literature and in house thermometers, window security stickers and a Christmas card from the local police officers.

While there officers carried out a home security check while the advocate conducted a home safety check.

PC Cameron Taylor said: “We understand that being a victim of crime or anti-social behaviour can have a significant impact on someone’s life, and at this time of year it is particularly important for all the community to do their best to make people who are isolated and vulnerable feel safe.

“I hope that by working in partnership with the Fire Service, Cheshire Cares and local shops we can show that we’re thinking about victims and bring some reassurance to those who may be vulnerable in our community.”