Police arrests in crime crackdown

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DOZENS of arrests were made and homes raided in a major Wigan crime crackdown.

Thieves, thugs and fugitives were targeted in a co-ordinated series of operations tackling domestic abuse and violent crimes.

Operation Harvest is a forcewide crusade and the latest initiative brought a focus on town centres and alcohol-related violence.

In Wigan there were 11 arrests for violence including where the suspect had previously been on the force wanted list. Another 35 people were arrested for stealing, 14 of whom were wanted.

Five search warrants were executed although there were no cash seizures and a total of 42 licensed premises visited to check they were complying with licensing laws including selling to minors.

There were eight visits to scrap yards and 25 to second hand shops to ensure there were no stolen goods changing hands.

Visits were also paid to 50 domestic abuse victims to see they were all right as well as 57 known thieves and violent criminals home visits to let them know they were being watched.

Across Greater Manchester 291 visits to pubs and clubs were conducted and the numbers of officers on patrol were increased in violent crime hotspots.

Specialist domestic abuse officers were out and about to attend domestic incidents and conduct checks on those who have been given Domestic Violence Protection Orders. Eighty four repeat victims of domestic abuse were also contacted.

In Wigan, officers have been holding drop-in sessions for victims of domestic abuse to attend for advice and support.

The public are being urged to support police in the crackdown by visiting their website (gmp.police.uk) to see photos and information on wanted offenders and provide information that could help bring them to justice. Twitter users can follow #harvest @gmpolice for the latest information.

Det Supt Phil Owen from the Public Protection Division said: “Domestic abuse is not acceptable, it is not only the victim that suffers but their children, who witness or hear the abuse happening. Working with our partners, we want to urge victims to come forward now and report it, if not for themselves then for the sake of their children.

“The victims and their children who witness domestic abuse have the right to be respected, the right to be safe, secure and not to be afraid in their own homes.

“Specially trained domestic abuse officers are in place to support them throughout the process and there is also a wide variety of other organisations out there that can offer support and advice. Furthermore, I would ask friends, family and neighbours to phone the police if they hear or witness an incident or believe someone they know is suffering. Help a family and break the chain of abuse. Put a stop to domestic abuse before it goes too far.”