One hundred wanted people were rounded up in just nine hours in the latest blitz on criminals from West Midlands Police.
The figure was in addition to the business as usual arrest tally and resulted in courts in Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton packed out and temporarily unable to take any further suspects. Arrangements were immediately taken to use the region’s other courthouses.
Officers took to Twitter using the hashtag #wmpgoingallout to post regular updates for followers.
The initiative sees all on-duty officers temporarily suspend admin work and pour onto the streets in coordinated and targeted patrols to bring in criminals and support victims. This is in addition to their day-to-day crime-fighting duties.
One of those arrested included Ralsoton Dodd, 25, who stabbed a man three times in the back and was released by mistake just months into a nine-year sentence.
Dodd (pictured below) was released following a court-related clerical blunder from HMP Thameside in southeast London. He was later tracked by West Midlands officers to a property in Handsworth. He was immediately recalled to prison.
Of the 99 remaining people arrested, 54 were immediately sent to court with the others kept in custody as inquiries were progressed. Twenty-five of those were remanded in custody pending future trials.
Combined punishment for the remaining 29 men:
Jailed for four years
Ordered to pay £955 in victim surcharges
Handed costs of £1,330
Issued compensation orders totalling £150
Assistant Chief Constable Sarah Boycott, said: “I was closely monitoring all of the activity and was immensely proud of what we achieved.
“All out days – like every day – is about our service to the public. It’s about doing the right thing for them and improving the service they receive from us.”
WMNow – the force’s new community messaging tool – was used by neighborhood teams to give local results to residents in areas where arrests took place.
The all out day, took place between 3am on Tuesday (11 July) and 6am Wednesday. It is the second all out day in two weeks with another planned in the coming days.
Contact the independent charity Crimestoppers with any information about people responsible for crime in your area. You can remain anonymous and you may be entitled to a reward of up to £1,000 if your tip-off leads to a positive result. Just ask for a reward code when you speak to the charity’s call agent on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Source:: West Midlands Police News