Unusual crimes revealed

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BIGAMY, assisting a prisoner to escape, abandoning a child and causing bodily injury by explosion are all offences investigated by police in Wigan in the last five years.

Figures released by Greater Manchester Police under the Freedom of Information Act detail the borough’s most unusual crimes since November 2007.

In fact, there are 84 separate offences which have been investigated by officers just once throughout the borough during that period.

Among the most unusual charges issued by police this year are: carrying a loaded firearm, permitting premises to be used for dealing cocaine, public nuisance and a vagrant violently resisting a constable.

An arrest was also made earlier this year for inciting a child family member – a male under 13 – to engage in sexual activity. Last year, police charged Wigan offenders with crimes such as breaching a risk of sexual harm order, intentionally encouraging commission of an offence, misconduct in a public office and harbouring an escaped prisoner.

Arrests were also made on suspicion of attempted rape of a male aged 16 or over, bigamy, inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity and importing, possessing or distributing illicit recordings.

In 2010, charges were issued in relation to sexual activity with a child family member, forging a mental health document, assisting a prisoner to escape, possession of piperazines and re-programming mobile telephones.

Arrests were made on suspicion of the use of the proceeds of drug trafficking, interception and disclosure of messages and making a false insurance statement.

In 2009, unusual charges included religiously aggravated actual bodily harm, racially aggravated malicious wounding, allowing a dog to enter a non public place and injure a person and endangering the safety of people or property.

Arrests included attempted rape of a girl under 13, criminal damage of £5,000-plus to a telegraph pole, paying for the sexual service of a child and a care worker engaging in sexual activity with a man with a mental disorder.

And in 2007 and 2008, charges were made in relation to obtaining pecuniary advantage by deception, causing bodily injury by explosion, abandoning a child under two years, acts intended to stir up racial hatred, possessing obscene material for gain and unauthorised acts with intent to impair a computer.

Arrests were made on suspicion of religiously aggravated common assault, causing a child under 13 to watch a sexual act and failure to disclose knowledge or suspicion of drug money laundering.