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Police initiative leads to arrests

MORE than 200 arrests have been made in Solihull under Operation Serve and Protect.

MORE than 200 arrests have been made in Solihull under Operation Serve and Protect.

Launched in early April, the initiative has seen 215 people arrested for serious acquisitive crimes including burglary, robbery and vehicle crime.

Police across the borough make regular checks on those who have curfew conditions and arrest anyone who has breached a curfew.

A total of 24 people have been arrested in the last week for burglary, robbery, theft of motor vehicles and theft from motor vehicles. Automatic number plate check operations (ANPRs) were instrumental with over 200 taking place.

Some have also been as a result of the execution of five arrest warrants. Officers have been particularly successful in executing arrest warrants, leaving Solihull Police with the lowest ever amount of outstanding arrest warrants at 29.

In the last week, local officers have also carried out 94 follow-up personal visits to people who have reported incidents of anti-social behaviour.

Sergeant Kevin Goggin on the operation taskforce team, said: “Even though this operation is now in its eighth week, our officers are still applying the pressure on known criminals and making good arrests as a result.

“We have arrested twice as many people for serious acquisitive crime offences as we did last week, which all helps make Solihull a safer place to live, work and visit.”

DI Neil Thomas regularly tweets updates on the operation. You can follow him at



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