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116 arrests in Bristol as part of Operation Relentless

November 20, 2012, 6:42 pm

Police in Bristol have arrested 116 people so far as part of today’s Relentless “day of action”.

During the day police seized numerous quantities of drugs, dismantled a cannabis factory and took numerous offenders, who were wanted on warrant to courts.

Briefings were held at 5am and 7am in Bristol. Officers, acting on intelligence, then executed search warrants at properties, arresting suspects and seizing various items.

This is one of the largest Relentless operations to have taken place in Avon and Somerset since its launch in 2005. During that time there have been more than 3000 arrests.

Today, a further 116 criminals have been taken off the streets of Bristol as part of the “day of action” and will now go through the criminal justice system.

Key happenings during the day included:

Police carried out a brand new operation in Bristol in conjunction with the UK Boarders Agency (UKBA) rounding up EU immigrants who had been committing petty crimes in the city. They identified six known offenders all of whom have now been served deportation orders forcing them to leave the country.

While officers were attending an address in Molesworth Close, Hartcliffe, they were attacked by a man brandishing an axe. The man was overpowered and arrested on suspicion of affray.

Backing up the enforcement action across the force area officers have been mounting high visibility patrols in anti social behaviour hotspots, providing crime prevention advice and guidance.

More than 60 staff form the criminal justice department provided invaluable behind-the-scenes support including statement-taking, liaising with members of the public, assisting with prisoner transportation, liaising with partner criminal justice organisations as well as overseeing the force custody provision. They also provided advice and guidance for investigations and carried out identification procedures. They also provided assistance at courts throughout the force area.

ACC Anthony Bangham, Gold Commander for the operation said: “Relentless has been running for seven years and has two main aims – reinforcing what we do on daily basis in targeting criminals head-on and providing further public reassurance through visible high impact policing

“Today we have arrested 116 criminals in Bristol and over 300 criminals across the force area, which sends out a strong message that crime does not pay in Avon and Somerset. Some of the people we have arrested today have been a blight on their local communities.

“And some of those offenders have been arrested as a result of intelligence and information provided by members of the public, acting as our ‘eyes and ears.”

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