Staffordshire Police’s Operation Justice nets 70 arrests across county

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Staffordshire Police have made 70 arrests across the county as part of ongoing Operation Justice, designed to get wanted people off the streets.

Six people were arrested for failing to appear in court and another six were wanted for a recall to prison.

Officers from the Tactical Support Team, Road Crime Team and Dog Support Unit joined Local Policing Team officers in the hunt for those wanted for offences including burglary, theft, assault, and failing to appear at court.

Staffordshire Police say they have worked with the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure those arrested appear in court as soon as possible.

Many of those wanted on outstanding court warrants are suspects who have already been arrested and charged with an offence but have failed to return to court hearing for their trial or sentencing.

Superintendent Elliott Sharrard-Williams, from Local Policing, said: “This operation should send a clear message to those who try to avoid the police and criminal justice system that we won’t stop looking for them.

“We also targeted suspects of crimes under investigation – often once people know they’re wanted they will move from one address to another trying to evade arrest, but we will always find them.

“This operation is about demonstrating to victims that we are committed to delivering justice, and to suspects, that we are unstoppable in our mission to achieve it.

“If you’re wanted, then beware – you can’t hide, we will find and arrest you. It’s simply a matter of when and where.”

As well as the arrests, 12 people were formally interviewed under caution, bringing the total to 82 people dealt with during the day.

The arrests include the following:

  • While on patrol in Hanley town centre officers, working alongside the special constabulary, arrested a 33-year-old man who was wanted for recall to prison.
  • A 17-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
  • In the Staffordshire Moorlands, two men from Smethwick, aged 26 and 41, were arrested for recall to prison, and arrested on suspicion of burglary.
  • A 61-year-old man from Golden Hill was arrested on suspicion of burglary and charged with eight burglaries in South Staffordshire.
  • A 52-year-old man was arrested for assault in Stafford town centre.
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