Arrest tally tops 50 in Northamptonshire violent crime operation

Chief Inspector Dennis Murray
Chief Inspector Dennis Murray

More than 50 arrests have been made in a police operation aimed at tackling violent crime across Northamptonshire.

Operation Limit launched two years ago in response to a sudden hike in the number of violent crimes which saw 9,356 reports between April 2014 and January 2015 compared to 6,161 the previous year.

In response officers have been carrying out more patrols in key areas, making visits to repeat offenders and more police were brought into Rushden in response to the stabbing of a 15-year-old there.

Officers in Wellingborough have also introduced a ‘fast resolution’ initiative which aims to resolve all violence with injury crimes across Wellingborough within 48 hours.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said the force had made 53 arrests for violent offences in the last two weeks. A total of 21 of these had been charged, with five cautions issued, two community resolutions and one person recalled to prison.

A variety of new initiatives will be launched over the coming weeks across the county, including a focus on domestic abuse, ensuring there are no breaches of any bail conditions, a pilot for a “say no to violence” campaign in schools, and a knife amnesty.

Chief Inspector Dennis Murray, county commander said: “The pace of Operation Limit is relentless.

“There is no hiding place for those who commit violent crime in this county.”