Manchester Police operation leads to 879 arrests

Police have arrested 879 people in Greater Manchester in the past week, as part of a crackdown on burglary, robbery and theft.

Officers searching for stolen goods raided 201 properties belonging to suspected criminals.

From 20 of those raids they confiscated £195,074 in cash.

The force claims crackdowns have helped reduce burglaries, robberies and thefts by 18.6% in the 12 months to February.

'No let-up'

A spokesman said that was equivalent to 11,037 fewer people falling victim to theft crimes.

Greater Manchester Police's Assistant Chief Constable, Terry Sweeney, said: "Over the last year we have taken the fight to the criminals targeting them in their homes, on the street and in their communities.

"These latest crime figures underline the success of these tactics. I can assure the people of our county and criminals alike that there will be no let-up in this level of enforcement activity over the coming year."

He urged people to take precautions against theft, including fitting burglar alarms, door and window locks, and security lighting in their homes.

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