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Dozens of domestic abusers warned they face swift arrest as we work to keep victims safe

Domestic abusers around the West Midlands are being warned they face imminent arrest in a major new push to protect the most vulnerable in the region.

Dozens of arrests have either been made or are planned for the coming days, as our officers respond to a rise in cases.

Between June and November last year, around 769 domestic abuse crimes were reported to us each week.

But that number has since risen to 881, so we’re now putting more resources than ever into tackling the problem.

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Yesterday, we arrested 38 people for domestic crimes, up from an average of around 30. Efforts have been stepped up again overnight and teams from across the force are out today to bring dozens more in.

A man alleged to have tried to drown his partner in a bath on Thursday in the Sandwell area was arrested overnight on suspicion of attempted murder following a manhunt.

The 36-year-old remains in custody, while his alleged victim is now safe.

Automatic Numberplate Recognition cameras (ANPR) are being used, with officers ready to stop cars belonging to those listed as wanted.

We’re also encouraging victims of domestic abuse who haven’t spoken to us before to get in touch so we can get them help and protect them.

Det Ch Supt Paul Drover said: “This is all about protecting the most vulnerable people in the West Midlands.

“Arresting those who cause untold damage to people, relationships and families is now our number one priority, and we’re using teams from across the force to achieve that.

“If you know you’re wanted for a domestic offence, now’s the time to hand yourself in before we bring you in ourselves.

“Domestic abuse comes in a whole range of forms, and sometimes people won’t even realise themselves that they have become a victim.

“To those people, I’d say that we stand ready to listen to you, to help you, and most importantly, to protect you.”

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