Police in Greater Manchester have arrested over 120 people as part of their latest blitz on burglary and robbery.
Officers carried out a number of warrants under Operation Storm which included the arrest of wanted offenders and those that have been targeting the city’s students which includes freshers and those returning. Approximately 90 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of £90,000 were recovered at an address at Mornington Crescent in Fallowfield, along with cultivation equipment at an estimated value of £10,000.
Some of the wanted offenders arrested included 18-year old and 19-year old men who were wanted for a cash in transit robbery. On arresting the pair an amount of cash was recovered. Officers also arrested a 25-year old man wanted following a robbery on a taxi driver and a 19-year old man wanted for an assault.
Specialist and divisional officers have visited the homes of criminals across the county to ensure they fulfilled their bail and curfew conditions and not returning to their offending ways.
There have also been home visits carried out to repeat victims of domestic abuse to ensure their abusing partners do not return to cause them further harm.
Deputy Chief Constable Ian Hopkins for Greater Manchester Police, said: “Our actions during the operation show we respond to the concerns of local people and the misery burglary and drug dealing causes to people living across Greater Manchester.
“The response we got from people on the streets who witnessed our activity was fantastic and demonstrated the confidence people have to give us information and work with us to tackle criminality.
“Last month saw the return of students old and new but for criminals it simply means rich and easy pickings. By holding this operation we can bring down this type of crime and ensure the youngsters can enjoy their time while studying in the city without the fear of becoming a victim of crime.
“As the nights get darker there is a rise in the number of opportunist thieves who like to prey on unsuspecting homes. By getting in before they do we can help put a stop in their tracks. This crackdown, coupled with our daily offender targeting sends criminals a clear message that they can’t harm our community without facing impunity.
“However we can’t make a difference on our own. By using a light timer, setting an alarm and making your home look occupied you can reduce the chance of becoming a victim of crime. Remember one in three homes are targeted because homes are left insecure.”
Residents can play their part in the fight against criminals by reporting suspicious activity either directly on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers is an independent charity that will not want your name, just your information. Your call will not be traced or recorded and you do not have to go to court or give a statement.