A dedicated team set up in Southend to tackle prolific and wanted offenders has made almost 250 arrests in just six months.
Since then they have arrested 234 people, with 118 of them either charged or cautioned.
They have also carried out 160 stop and searches and have executed seven warrants, which has resulted in almost a six-figure sum in cash being seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Sergeant Adam Jarvis, who leads the team, said: “We were set up to help identify and reduce crime as well as assisting other teams to locate difficult to find suspects.
“The results we have achieved have far exceeded our expectations with hundreds arrested and over half of them facing charges or cautions.
“These arrests have included people involved in drug dealing, violent domestic abusers and prolific offenders. We have also seized a large amount of drugs, stolen vehicles and cash.
“We continue to look to build on this success throughout the year with the aim of disrupting and detecting criminals within Southend’s communities.”
Recent notable actions by the team include:
· Arresting a 29-year-old man from Southend on suspicion of theft of a car, possession of drugs with intent to supply and failing to stop. He remains under investigation and another man, 33, who was arrested on suspicion of theft of a car, has been released on bail until Thursday, May 16.
· The arrest and charge of Shane Barnbrook, 34, of no fixed address, who was jailed for 20 weeks at Southend Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, May 2, after admitting three business burglaries and failing to comply with notifications under the sex offenders’ register;
· The arrest and charge of two boys, aged 15 and 16, following the pursuit of two motorbikes in Rochford on Tuesday, April 16.
One of the boys has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving while disqualified and is due to appear at Basildon Youth Court for sentencing on Tuesday, June 11. The other is due in court on Tuesday, May 14, charged with theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving, driving without insurance and a licence and failing to stop.
· Executing a warrant in Grainger Road industrial estate with 650 cannabis plants and five puppies being seized. Six stolen high value bicycles and a van containing large bags of cannabis and a large quantity of designer trainers were seized.
A 52-year-old man from Great Baddow was detained for being wanted on recall to prison. He was also arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis, making threats to kill and common assault, and was released under investigation for these matters.
A 25-year-old man from the Brentwood area was arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis and released under investigation.
Superintendent Jonathan Baldwin is clear on the priorities when it comes to policing Southend and the surrounding areas.
He said: “We are committed to keeping people safe, helping the public, supporting the vulnerable and prosecuting offenders who commit crime on our patch. “Our policing methods are varied – some you will see, some you won’t – but all of my officers our activities are designed to make the communities of Essex safer and take criminals off our streets.
“We do this with the valuable support of our partners and the public and will continue to do so with dedication and professionalism.”
“You can help us to keep people safe, prevent crime and seek justice for victims.
“We urge people to report information to us on 101 or online by visiting www.essex.police.uk/do-it-online. In an emergency, call 999. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”