Updated: Monday, 22nd January 2018 @ 8:35am

'Clearing out the bad apples': Greater Manchester Police campaign arrests more than 800 criminals in first week

'Clearing out the bad apples': Greater Manchester Police campaign arrests more than 800 criminals in first week

By John McDougall

A police operation launched across Greater Manchester led to more than 800 criminals arrested and nearly £100,000 seized in cash in its first week alone.

Led by Greater Manchester Police, Operation Harvest is targeting thieves, thugs and fugitives, as well as those wanted for dangerous driving, domestic abuse and metal theft.

The on-going operation involves the use of photographs published via the media and social networking sites – like Facebook, Twitter and Flickr – to advertise the force’s Most Wanted list.

Leader of Operation Harvest, Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney, said: “We have made a good start in clearing out the bad apples that spread their rot in our communities and stop law abiding citizens from enjoying the hard earned fruits of their labour through theft and violence. 

“However, Operation Harvest is far from over and we will continue our relentless pursuit of thieves, thugs and fugitives in the coming months.”

The operation commenced on September 10 with raids on nine Greater Manchester scrap metal yards, to build the work of last year’s Operation Alloy and further stem the rise of this particular crime.

In addition to this, nearly 1,200 scrap metal yards, pubs, clubs and second hand shops were visited to check they had the correct licencing and trading legislation in place, as well as no involvement in the handling of stolen goods.    

Following the positive start to the operation – which has arrested 802 criminals and seized £98,795 – Assistant Chief Constable Sweeney has warned criminals they can expect no respite as GMP continue their assault on crime.

Assistant Chief Constable Sweeney said: “Criminals can be assured that we will leave no stone unturned in our hunt for them.

“Any that escape our Harvest can expect a cold, joyless winter of constantly looking over their shoulder for us and wondering who is going to turn them in.

“My advice to them is do yourself and the good people of Greater Manchester a favour and turn yourself in.”

“The public can support our efforts by providing information on the criminals featured on our website and those causing misery and hardship in their communities by ringing us directly on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers.”

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