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ONE hundred and ninety one people have been arrested across Solihull in the last six weeks in a clampdown on known criminals.

ONE hundred and ninety one people have been arrested across Solihull in the last six weeks in a clampdown on known criminals.

Operation Serve and Protect was launched at the start of April and monitors the movements of offenders around the clock.

Eleven arrests were made last week for offences including burglary, robbery, theft of motor vehicles and theft from motor vehicle in the most active period of the operation.

Some of these came from automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) exercises, where number plates are checked against a database of stolen and wanted vehicles, and others were the result of search warrants – four for the misuse of drugs and a fifth for theft.

Three people have also been recalled to prison for breaching the conditions of their release.

A police spokesman said: “It’s a concerted effort of offender management - anyone we know who has caused trouble or offended in the past or may be at risk of offending again.

“As part of operation we have been making sure that people adhere to their conditions - they are where they should be if they’ve been banned from certain streets or they are sticking to a curfew.

“We are also being rigourous in our stop and search, that’s the difference from mainstream work.”

Sergeant Kevin Goggin added: “The intelligence we are receiving about crime has led to our most active week for searching people and property.

“These searches are resulting in good arrests and the recovery of stolen property and drugs.

“When we get enough evidence to raid a property - we do.”

As part of the operation officers have carried out 351 follow-up visits to people in the borough who have reported anti-social behaviour.

 

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