THIRTEEN of Wigan’s most wanted have been arrested in a huge police crackdown.
Three women and 10 men were captured for a variety of crimes, some serious, after addresses all over the borough were raided by officers.
Dubbed Operation Olympus, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) were out in force this week as part of a month-long anti-crime blitz.
The 13 were arrested for offences including assault, rape and racially aggravated assault. Another was on emergency recall to prison and another because an international arrest warrant had been issued. Other crimes of which they are suspected include sexual offences and domestic violence.
Sgt Graham Rigby from GMP’s Wigan Division said: “Operation Olympus has been a real success in Wigan with 13 of our most wanted offenders being arrested for a variety of crimes including sexual assault, domestic criminal damage, domestic abuse and breach of bail.
“We want this to show criminals that we won’t leave any stone unturned and there are no hiding places for them.
“We will continue to work hard to target those harming our community and seeing that they are made to answer for their crimes.”
This months initiative sees more than 250 local officers from across the force and specialist units targeting offenders for a range of offences.
Last month saw three arrests in a series of dawn raids in Pemberton and Leigh on suspected drug dealers under the auspices GMP’s Operation Trafalgar.
Specialist officers from GMP’s Tactical Aid Unit teamed up with detectives and neighbourhood officers for the raids.
The team seized a number of drugs, suspected stolen goods and a large quantity of cash from the premises. Heading the Wigan operation, Sgt David Whittaker said: “Wigan police adopt a multi-agency, intelligence led approach when identifying and managing offenders involved in local organised crime.
“We will continue to work with recovery partners to identify, dismantle and destroy organised crime in the borough.”
For live updates from the operation follow #OpOlympus on Twitter.