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Two arrests made as part of new initiative to tackle serious and organised crime

A new police campaign to tackle serious and organised crime launched on Monday (10 September) with an operation to tackle car key burglary.

Officers from West Mercia Police, Warwickshire Police and West Midlands Police conducted warrants at various business and residential premises throughout the region, including at a garage in Redditch.

The activity was part of Protect, which will see police working closely with partner agencies to tackle SOC and the damage it causes our communities.

Monday's activity was organised after a series of car key burglaries throughout West Mercia and Warwickshire, in which high value cars have been stolen from drives. Officers hope the activity will send a strong message to travelling criminals coming into the area to commit offences.

A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen goods and possession of a firearm and has been remanded in custody, and a 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary has been released on police bail.

Officers also seized various car parts believed to be from stolen vehicles and a shot gun. In addition the team enlisted the help of Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, to cut locks from a number of containers found at the site.

Detective Sergeant Alan Edwards from West Mercia Police said: "We take car key burglaries extremely seriously and tackling serious and organised crime remains a priority for us. Working closely with our neighbouring forces is key to ensuring our communities are made safer and more secure and we hope that people feel reassured that offenders will be brought to justice."

Protect is a campaign being run by West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police alongside a range of partner agencies to tackle serious and organised crime (SOC).

The broad-ranging operation covers four key areas of activity:

Pursue - prosecuting and disrupting those involved in SOC.

Prevent - stopping individuals from becoming involved in SOC.

Protect - increased levels of protection against SOC.

Prepare - reducing the impact of SOC where it occurs.

If you would like to report any concerns about serious and organised crime in your local area, please contact West Mercia Police on 101. If it is an emergency and a crime is taking place always ring 999. Alternatively you can call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Issued: Wednesday 12 September, 4.15pm, MC, Corporate Communications

Published 12/09/18