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Operation Hunter: Officers execute more than 200 warrants in July

Friday, August 6, 2021

Over the past month we have executed 239 warrants on the streets of Lancashire.

That includes 41 violent offenders, 31 people wanted in connection with theft, 54 road traffic offenders and 25 individuals wanted in connection with the supply of drugs.

It’s all part of Operation Hunter, which launched at the beginning of July, targeting the county's most wanted individuals who try to evade capture.

 

We arrest a significant number of people who are wanted as part of our daily business. However, a small number will do all that they can to evade capture by the police and go to ground.

The operation has seen taskforce officers from across the Force as well as specialist units including Tactical Operations and the ANPR intercept teams target individuals wanted for a range of offences including domestic abuse, violent offences and general criminality.

So far we have executed the most warrants in Blackburn (50), Preston (38), Blackpool (33), Colne (25) and Lancaster (21).

Since the campaign was launched on July 5th we have released weekly lists of our most wanted faces. Many of these have now been arrested including some who have been sent back to prison.

Long term wanted man Adam Bhamji, 38, who had been wanted on recall to prison since last year, was arrested on the M5 motorway in West Mercia following our appeals.

Bhamji, from Farrington Moss, has now been returned to prison where he will serve the remainder of his 10-year sentence for aggravated burglary.

Scott Cardwell, 36, of Springfield Street, Morecambe, was also arrested last week and returned to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence for arson.

Other significant arrests have included a 24-year-old from Blackburn wanted in connection with being concerned in the supply of drugs and a 29-year-old from Rishton wanted for failing to appear at court in connection with an assault.

Supt Kevin McLean, of Lancashire Police said: “We have located and arrested a significant number of wanted individuals since the start of this operation and we would like to thank the public for their role in this.

“The information passed to us from members of the public is vital in assisting us to track down those people who do all they can to evade capture by police and attempt to go into hiding.

“By using all our resources over the last month, we have put a stop to those who think they can go into hiding and show them that there’s always a place for them in our cells.

“We are committed to tackling crime to protect our communities and Operation Hunter sends a clear message to criminals that there is no hiding place. As always, we continue to need the public’s help so if you have any information on wanted individuals please contact us.

“This will be an ongoing strategy and for those who think they can evade the criminal justice system, they are mistaken - it is only a matter of time before you are caught.

 

 

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