11 arrests made during local operation in Blackpool

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

A local operation in Blackpool has resulted in eleven arrests over the weekend of Friday 6th May to Sunday 8th May 2022.

The operation was split into two parts, following an increase in reports.

The first part of the operation focused on catalytic converter thefts in Blackpool, following a spate of thefts, often in large open car parks.

Vehicles are often targeted in public car parks such as supermarkets or hospitals, where cars are left for a reasonable amount of time.

Precious metals such as rhodium, platinum and palladium are used in catalytic converters. The price of some of these metals has risen sharply in recent years and as a result has led to an increase in the theft of catalytic convertors.

Both high-visibility and plain-clothed officers targeted hotspot areas around Blackpool. No such reports were received during the time of the operation.

The second part of the operation focused on anti-social behaviour, particularly in Brunswick.

11 people were arrested. Those 11 arrests include for the offences of Possession with Intent to Supply cannabis and cocaine, Breach of Civil Injunction for a domestic matter with a vulnerable victim, dangerous driving and failing to stop for police, Affray, Drunk and Disorderly and ASB related assault.

Officers also conducted nine stop searches, two S18 searches, one S165 and issued a Ceast and Desist letter for ASB related matters.

Proactive work also included visiting known offenders and issuing warnings.

Blackpool South Neighbourhood Policing Inspector, John Jennings-Wharton, said: “Operations like these are running on a regular basis across Blackpool. The results from this operation alone show just how dedicated we are about keeping our communities safe.

“We are targeting crimes and behaviour that effect our communities the most, and actively put plans into action to get results. We are using the Urban Task Force, members of the Blackpool Neighbourhood Policing Team and officers from different Response teams to make this happen.

“Working with partnerships, such as Blackpool Council, to resolve mid to long term problems is vital. We will continue to work closely with them to tackle any issues.

“I urge anyone with concerns to sign up to our In The Know service, where you can keep up-to-date with policing in your area.

“You can also take part in our Lancashire Talking survey, where you can tell us about what it is like to live in your area.”

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