200 arrested as part of 'most ambitious' police op ever

PUBLISHED: 11:00 24 September 2012


ARRESTS for crimes burglary, robbery, theft and drug offences have seen 200 people taken to custody this month.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary have arrested 160 people since last Wednesday in addition to the 40 people the force said it arrested since September 10 as part of the force’s latest Operation Relentless - described by the force as its most ambitious ever.

South Gloucestershire police arrested two men, aged 23 and 33, in North Somerset on Friday in connection with a burglary in Hambrook on September 18.

One man was arrested after being found hiding in the loft of a house.

Some arrests have taken place as part of planned operations, some have been while crimes were in progress and others have taken place while officers have been out on their daily business.

Spearheaded by frontline operations in Avon and Somerset’s six policing districts, the latest initiative will see headquarters specialists providing support in what the force is describing as potentially the ‘most ambitious and challenging event in the seven-year history of Operation Relentless.’

Superintendent Richard Cadden said: “We will relentlessly pursue anyone who commits a crime in Avon and Somerset and put them before the courts to bring them to justice for their crimes.”

To report a crime call police on 101 or www.avonandsomerset.police.uk

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