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Target offenders arrested across force by officers from specialist unit
Monday 14th November, 2011

Officers from one of GMP’s specialist units arrested a number of target offenders in less than 24 hours.

In the early hours of Wednesday 9 November 2011, officers from the Tactical Vehicle Intercept Unit (TVIU) were responding to an increase in vehicle related crime across Wigan when they responded to reports of suspicious activity in Hindley.

Officers pursued and arrested a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of burglary and theft from a motor vehicle.

Later the same day officers carried out observations on a stolen car that they found in Mottram that had been stolen during a burglary in the Derbyshire area.

Three men, aged 27, 26 and 26, were subsequently arrested on suspicion of burglary.

At 9pm that day officers, involved in a search for one of Manchester’s most wanted offenders, arrested a man at a house in Reddish.

The man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and robbery in connection with a raid at a family home during which a family were threatened by men armed with machetes.

Chief Inspector Mark Dexter, from GMP’s Specialist Operations Branch, said: “This is an excellent example of the pro active work my officers are doing in responding to crime and locating wanted offenders.

“Our main aim is to cut crime and make residents feel safer in their communities and we will use all the tactics available to tackle known and persistent offenders head-on.”

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