Detectives swoop on persistent offenders

DETECTIVES have arrested more than 30 people as part of a long-term crackdown on persistent offenders - 17 of which were in the past two weeks.Operation Endurance was launched in Suffolk earlier this month in a bid to crackdown on prolific offenders in the county who cause the majority of crime.

DETECTIVES have arrested more than 30 people as part of a long-term crackdown on persistent offenders - 17 of which were in the past two weeks.

Operation Endurance was launched in Suffolk earlier this month in a bid to crackdown on prolific offenders in the county who cause the majority of crime.

A further seven people have been arrested this week on warrant as part of the operation, bringing the total number to 17 in a fortnight.

Acting Det Ch Insp Phil Avers said: "We know a large proportion of crime is caused by a relatively small number of persistent offenders.


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"With Operation Endurance we have a new approach to tackling them through the effective targeting of resources which, coupled with closer working with partner agencies within the criminal justice system, can have an impact on reducing crime in the county.

"Officers are continuing to use intelligence to proactively target offenders who are committing crime and work is ongoing to disrupt their criminal behaviour."

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Police have recovered property and drugs during the operation.

On Friday, a 35-year-old man was jailed for seven days at the town's magistrates' court after breaching an anti social behaviour order.

Police have also charged an 18-year-old man with arson following an incident in Lowestoft, a 17-year-old Lowestoft man for possession of amphetamine and failing to respond to bail and have arrested two persistent offenders from Ipswich on suspicion of shoplifting in Woodbridge.

As part of the campaign, six youths from Lowestoft have also been arrested and charged with interfering with traffic equipment and causing a danger to road users.

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