During Operation Avro Wigan yesterday (Thursday 28 July 2022), officers from across Greater Manchester Police arrested 56 individuals; recovered three weapons and seven stolen items; and seized over £18,000 of suspected criminal cash.
Operation Avro utilises specialist resources from across the force to fight, prevent and reduce the crimes which matter most to our communities.
Since the operation’s launch in October 2022, it has resulted in more than 300 arrests.
Yesterday, our Roads Policing Unit recorded 76 traffic offences, 133 speed offences, issued 24 roadworthiness prohibitions and seized nine vehicles.
Officers also joined representatives from partner agencies to engage with adults and children in the community regarding open water safety and knife crime.
Chief Superintendent Emily Higham said: “Yesterday was a successful day with 56 suspects arrested on suspicion of various crimes including, but by no means limited to, sex and drugs offences.
“This is all about making those who live and work in our communities feel safer and, as we’re spending increasing time listening to them, we know these are the things that matter most.
“Let it be known, this is just one example of the things we are doing to fight, prevent and reduce crime – we regularly execute warrants; arrest suspects; and seize weapons and drugs.
“Whilst we are actively gathering intelligence about those who pose a risk to Wigan to inform future action, I’d like to use this opportunity to ask anyone with information to share it.”