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Hundreds arrested in operation targeting domestic abusers

We’ve arrested almost 400 people in the last seven days as part of an intensive operation targeting domestic abusers.

A total of 390 suspects have been detained since last Saturday (25 Jan) for offences ranging from nasty assaults to bullying behaviour, harassment and breaches of restraining orders.

The operation was launched in the face of increasing reports of domestic abuse with almost 900 domestic abuse crimes being reported to us every week.  

And offenders have been warned there will be no let-up in our efforts to trace them over the coming days and weeks.

Superintendent Sally Simpson said: “We’ve had a week of intensive activity which has proved really successful. Many people have surrendered to us knowing that it’s only a matter of time before we come looking for them.

“Domestic abuse is a priority for us. We are putting more officers and investigators into domestic abuse teams in order to manage the increase levels of reporting and go after outstanding suspects.”

Almost 60 of those 390 people arrested have since been charged and put before the courts.

They include:
•    Curtis Hewitt, aged 22 from Oxford, charged with assault and criminal damage after it’s alleged he attacked a woman at a flat in Bournville.
•    Billy Joe Larvin, aged 27 from Erdington, charged with assaulting a woman on 25 January.
•    Lisa Higgs, aged 37 from Bordesley, charged with breaching a non-molestation order. It’s alleged she made repeated calls to an ex-partner and left threatening messages.

We also secured several Domestic Violence Prevention Orders which come with conditions designed to protect potentially vulnerable victims.

Supt Simpson added: “We have teams of public protection officers who are specially trained to investigate domestic abuse cases and support survivors.

“We appreciate that reporting domestic offences to the police or a charity can be a difficult decision. We don’t underestimate the wider impact. But what we can say is that we will listen, help in any way we can, and most importantly, protect you.”

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