Arrests made in domestic violence blitz

ARRESTS have been made in Wigan during a two-day crackdown against domestic violence.

Tuesday, 16th February 2016, 7:00 am
A woman is arrested during the police's Operation Oympus crackdown on domestic violence

The six borough residents were among 80 people detained in the Greater Manchester-wide blitz on abuse.

Hundreds of officers took to the streets ahead of Valentine’s weekend and arrested men and women on suspicion of a range of offences including rape, assault, breaching restraining orders and making threats to kill.

The operation – codenamed Olympus – saw local officers working alongside specialist units such as tactical aid unit and ANPR Intercept officers to locate culprits.

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Police call at a house during their Operation Olympus crackdown on domestic violence

Supt Craig Thompson said: “These fantastic results show that we will do everything within our power to locate offenders who make their partners’ lives a misery.

“I am delighted that ahead of Valentine’s weekend we have been able to rescue victims from these abusers who instil fear into their partners and fill their relationships with control and violence.

“Our priority is always to protect victims and also to ensure that offenders are brought to justice before they cause any further harm.

“Taking these abusers off our streets is a huge part of what we do but we also want to stop this type of crime happening in the first place.

Police call at a house during their Operation Olympus crackdown on domestic violence

“I urge people to take a step back and consider the relationship they are in – if their partner is controlling, threatening or violent, it’s time to ask for help. Whether it is a relative, friend, charity or the police, we are here to support people to live safely and without fear.”