Tameside fugitives targeted in latest stage of police’s Operation AVRO

DOZENS of wanted people received a Christmas message they did not want as the Greater Manchester force launched its latest stage of Operation AVRO – ‘You’re nicked.’

A total of 36 arrests were carried out with 14 search warrants executed as officers conducted a day of action on Thursday, December 22.

In addition, traffic operations saw more key results, including two arrests for disqualified and drug driving, a summons for no insurance and 18 traffic offence reports including 10 seizures, mainly for no insurance and licence.

Officers gather at Hyde Market Place for the morning briefing

Early morning warrants saw the uncovering of a large-scale cannabis farm and weapons as sparks flew when an angle grinder cut through a storage facility.

Others included one on a group of people believed to be involved in the theft of motor vehicles, as well as fail to appear in court arrests.

One was conducted at a property later in the day in Dukinfield in relation to drugs.

A show of force was present for a briefing at Hyde’s Market Place for the public to see the co-ordinated effort by different GMP branches from all levels ahead of another successful operation from the first one back in February of this year.

Community and partner engagement saw presents and hampers given out in the Ashton area to those at this time of year who may be vulnerable or a victim of crime.

Police cadets met at Hyde before helping in the afternoon, giving out crime prevention advice through leaflet drops.

The result also helps the force tackle possible risks around fires from electricals and potential modern slavery concerns that can be linked to crime.

Tameside Council officers also ran taxi safety checks and hosted community safety stands in Ashton, Stalybridge, Hyde and Denton, offering personal crime prevention and anti-crime advice.

Chief Superintendent Phil Davies of GMP’s Tameside district, said: “It was another fantastic day and good successes all-round, including finding a huge cannabis farm and weapons as well as arresting some organised crime members.

“We’ve again been protecting the public which included high-visibility patrols in key areas as well as delivering Christmas presents to recent vulnerable people who have unfortunately been the victims of burglary.

“Overall, we’ve had some real good Christmas spirit involving the whole team alongside some hard work and will continue to serve our local community over the festive period and into 2023 as we aim to continue our improvements as a force.”

Tameside Council executive member Councillor Vimal Choksi, who is responsible for community safety, said: “It’s great to see another successful Operation AVRO day of action, which supports our wider multi-agency work to take a robust, partnership approach to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour issues of concern to our local community.

“This work is ongoing, and our officers continue to be out day in, day out tackling crime and antisocial behaviour to help make Tameside safer.”

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