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A not so happy new year for York's most wanted


4:39pm 4th February 2011

New year got off to a bad start for some of York's most wanted crooks thanks to Operation Secure, York's ongoing crime blitz.

During January, police arrested 32 of the city's most wanted suspects for crimes including theft, burglary, robbery, assault, drug offences and breach of bail conditions as well as those wanted on court warrants.

Operation Secure is a dedicated and sustained campaign in York,  using a combination of community intelligence, crime prevention initiatives, targeted patrols and swoops on wanted suspects.

The operation provides additional resources from across the force, including support from specialist units such as road policing and neighbourhood support teams, to target problem hot-spots, prolific offenders and persistent law breakers.

January's figures bring the total number of arrests to 157 since the operation began in the autumn of 2010.

Chief Inspector Dave Hannan of York Safer Neighbourhood Command said:

"Operation Secure is an intensive crime campaign dedicated to the City of York, over and above our day-to-day policing activities.

"The results demonstrate our commitment to keeping York one of the safest places in the country.

"Members of the public are crucial to the success of the operation by acting as our eyes and ears and reporting suspicious activity to us.

"If anyone suspects illegal activity going on in their neighbourhood, please let us know by ringing 0845 60 60 247 or you can give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."


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