Crackdown on offenders set to start today

Crime crackdown
Crime crackdown

WANTED offenders in Wigan will be targeted in a week-long crackdown starting today, police have announced.

More than 150 specialist officers from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) will be involved in targeting people in connection with a string of offences including domestic abuse and burglary as part of Operation Olympus.

The crackdown will run until Friday with officers working in the borough and across GMP’s 11 divisions.

The identities of those who will be targeted are not being released by GMP.

Supt Craig Thompson, who is also the operation lead, said: “This operation is all about targeting those criminals who cause the most harm to innocent members of the community.

“The safety of our residents is paramount and we will make sure that during this week of action, there will be nowhere to hide for those who think that criminality is acceptable.

“We will be using every resource available to find these criminals in and bring them to justice for their crimes.”

Officers will be aided by specialist units including tactical aid, automatic number plate recognition (ANPR), intercept vehicle teams and mounted unit on horseback as part of Operation Olympus.

GMP will be tweeting live updates throughout the crackdown using the hashtag #OpOlympus, with updates in Wigan being posted on the feed @GMPWigan

Anyone with information about a wanted person can ring police on the non-emergency number 101 or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.