Manchester police turn heat up on criminals with 300 arrests in one week during summer crackdown

By Danielle Wainwright & Marios Papaloizou

A whopping 300 arrests have been made in just one week as part of a successful summer crackdown on crime by Greater Manchester Police.

Operation Resolute, which took place between July 22 and July 28, saw officers use state-of-the-art mobile electronic screening boards to display Greater Manchester’s most notorious crooks.

As a result 296 people were arrested in a series of raids for a variety of offences including robbery, vehicle crime, burglary, assault, drug-related crime and immigration offences – 75 people have so far been charged.

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.”

Police arrested 75 people on Bury – the most of all the boroughs – for a variety of offences including burglary and theft.

Wythenshawe police reported a 28% drop in antisocial behaviour, North Manchester saw 41 arrests made for offences including burglary, robbery and theft and 59 arrests for crimes including theft and public order offences took place in Oldham.

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.

Officers also warned pupils across Greater Manchester of the consequences of antisocial behaviour.

CI Allen warned: “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.”

If you are concerned about crime or antisocial behaviour where you live, please call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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