Crackdown a success

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ALMOST 2,000 criminals - some of them from Wigan - were swept off the streets as part of Greater Manchester Police’s largest offender-targeting operation.

Officers from across the force targeted the county’s most wanted criminals in a bid to spring clean crime between March 25 and April 14.

It resulted in the arrest of 1,927 people and police executed 285 warrants in a bid to clamp down on overall crime. A total of £69,990 was also seized and officers carried out disruption visits to 3,163 known offenders within the region. Arrests were for a variety of offences including robbery, drug-related crime, burglary, driving offences, domestic abuse and rape.

The operation was made up of a number of days of action carried out throughout the force by various policing teams and partner agencies such as social services, Trading Standards and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency.

Among its successes was the raiding of cannabis factories in Wigan.

A total of 83 arrests and 63 charges were made as part of an operation to target offenders of vulnerability crimes such as rape, sexual assault, domestic abuse and child protection offences.

Assistant Chief Constable Ian Wiggett said: “This operation has been one of our most successful forcewide operations to date with so many criminals being arrested and swept up off our streets.

“We have been working hard to clean our streets of the offenders causing the most harm to our communities, this is reflected in the overall results.

“As this operation has drawn to a close it is still business as usual for Greater Manchester Police.”