Operation Relentless strikes again as police arrest 85 people in a day
POLICE arrested 85 people in a single day as burglars, thieves and handlers of stolen goods were targeted in and around Bristol.
More than 160 warrants were executed yesterday, with almost 300 Avon and Somerset officers taking part in Operation Relentless.
A couple of cannabis factories were also discovered in Patchway and Southmead, which were both shut down.
At a house in Weston-super-Mare suspected Class A drugs were seized and two men were arrested.
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Superintendent Dave Hayler said: "We have had a very successful day with many arrests, suspected stolen property, cash and even drugs seized.
"Operation Relentless is all about keeping our communities safe and today's policing activity will see many people who are suspected of crimes brought to justice and potentially stopped from committing more offences.
"Tackling burglary, robbery and theft is a priority for us and we will do everything in our power to identify, arrest and put before the courts, those who think they can steal other people's property and evade justice.
"Today we were out in our communities giving criminals a hard time, taking suspects into custody, seizing property we believe to be stolen, stopping drugs from getting on to our streets and talking to residents to show that we are here to make their communities safer."
Operation Relentless was first introduced in 2005. Since its latest incarnation started in September more than 1,000 burglars, robbers and thieves have been arrested.
Supt Hayler added: "We want criminals to know that if they chose to operate in our communities then we are out there looking for them and we will be relentless in pursuing them and putting them before the courts to answer for their crimes.
"We are very pleased with all the support and information we have had from people in our local communities which has helped us to do our jobs and make those communities safer."