Scores arrested in crime crackdown

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MORE than 30 people have been arrested in Wigan over the past seven days as police cracked down on drugs, theft and anti-social behaviour.

As part of Operation Resolute, 23 people were arrested for offences including burglary, theft and drugs offences in Wigan, while a further eight arrests were made in Skelmersdale.

The operation also saw local policing teams reminding residents not to tempt burglars by leaving doors and windows open for long periods in the hot weather, and advice was given out on keeping sheds and garages secure too.

Chief Inspector Donna Allen for GMP said: “This operation has proved to be a successful follow up to the similar week of action we ran in spring.

“Officers from all divisions have worked exceptionally hard to rid the streets of those offenders causing the most harm to their communities, and this is reflected in the overall results.

“Although this operation finished on Sunday evening, the work of bringing criminals to justice continues, and I want to reassure people that we will still be out there on the streets keeping them safe, supporting victims of crime and tracking down wanted criminals.

“The message to anyone who knows they are wanted is very simple – hand yourself in, as you will remain on our target list until you are caught.”

In Skelmersdale, eight people were arrested as part of efforts to tackle crime and disorder linked to drug related criminality.

These included a 21 year old man on suspicion of possessing a class A drug and a 28 year old man from Liverpool was arrested after a police carried out a warrant at an address on Crawford Road.

He was questioned on suspicion of possessing cannabis with intent to supply, producing cannabis, abstracting electricity and possessing a prohibited weapon.

Some of the activity carried out under Operation Resolute involved police working closely with councils, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and other agencies as part of the Safe4Summer campaign.

This aims to address the expected rise in antisocial behaviour over the school holidays and keep young people safe by getting them involved in fun and exciting activities where they live.

Pupils across Wigan have been told about the website www.safe4summer.com which gives information on a host of fun activities happening in their area over the holidays.

If you are concerned about crime or antisocial behaviour call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. For more information visit gmp.police.uk