ONE hundred and eighty arrests were made during a three month crime blitz on the Gospel Estate
The arrests from January 4 - April 1 were made as part of Operation Intrusive, a joint action by Solihull and Birmingham East police to cut serious crime along the Solihull and Birmingham East Border by managing known offenders on the estate.
Arrests were made for burglary, robbery, handling stolen goods, car crime, driving offences, being drunk and disorderly, possession of an offensive weapon, possession of drugs, drug dealing, immigration matters and failing to appear at court.
Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) exercises, where number plates are checked against a database of stolen, untaxed, uninsured and wanted cars, saw 28 stolen vehicles seized and 263 fixed penalty notices issued for offences including speeding, driving while using a mobile phone and driving without a seatbelt.
Sergeant Kevin Goggin said: “The operation has undoubtedly been a success, with criminals being arrested and stolen property being recovered. The end of the operation does not signal a time to relax for the borough’s criminals though, as Operation Serve and Protect is carrying on the good work and keeping pressure on known criminals to help keep crime down.”