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Bromley police blitz arrests 45 offenders

PUBLISHED: 16:04 14 October 2010

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Forty five of the borough's most wanted have been arrested by police after a two week campaign.

Police in Bromley targeted individuals wanted for a range of offences, including robbery, assault, theft, dangerous dog offences, drug offences and breaching ASBO’s and Sex Offender orders.

The operation, which began two weeks ago saw 24 offenders voluntarily hand themselves into police across the country, as far away as Birmingham and Norfolk.

Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor for Policing, said: “Serious offenders have been removed from our streets and the residents of Bromley can breathe a sigh of relief.

“This successful operation shows that criminality will not be tolerated in any shape or form. The fact that 24 criminals handed themselves in once they heard about the raids is remarkable and I want to commend all the hard working officers for arresting some of London’s most wanted offenders.”

In a 36 hour blitz which began at 6am on October 12, Bromley police carried out a series of early morning raids with a combined force of 80 officers from CID, the Burglary Squad, and the Safer Neighbourhood teams. They arrested a further 21 offenders.

The total number of arrests during the whole campaign included six people wanted for assault, eight people for theft, two for malicious communications, four for criminal damage and one for breaching the Sex offenders register.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Smart, head of Bromley’s CID, said: “We want to put fear into offenders and for them to lie in bed at night and wonder when we are coming through their front door.

“Bromley has one of the lowest number of outstanding offenders in London and this operation has reduced that further. This blitz on wanted people has been really successful and we had filled the cells by lunchtime, with officers queuing up to bring prisoners into custody. We will not tolerate the criminal and anti-social who make people’s lives a misery and will also pursue prosecutions of anyone who we find harbouring offenders who are wanted by the police”.

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