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Dozens arrested during police crackdown in Avon and Somerset
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- Officers target addresses across Avon and Somerset
- Force describes day of action as among biggest in recent times
- Addresses in Somerset West policing area among those visited
POLICE said 30 people were arrested in Taunton during yesterday's (November 20) early morning strikes.
The total stands at 56 across the Somerset West district and 366 for the force area.
MORE than 300 people are now known to have been arrested across Avon and Somerset, police have confirmed.
Among the latest arrests known to have been made are two in Burnham Road, Highbridge, where a cannabis factory was uncovered and plants seized from a property.
A man aged 34 and woman aged 24 - were arrested at the address on suspicion of the cultivation of cannabis.
ACC Anthony Bangham, Gold Commander for the operation said: "Today we have arrested more than 300 people, which sends out a strong message that crime does not pay in Avon and Somerset.
" Some of the people we have arrested today have been a blight on their local communities.
"And some of those offenders have been arrested as a result of intelligence and information provided by members of the public, acting as our 'eyes and ears'.
"Today's operation has been one of the largest undertaken in Avon and Somerset, providing reassurance to our communities and making them feel safe where they live and work."
THERE were 54 arrests were made across the Somerset West force area, with 27 people arrested in Taunton, seven in West Somerset and 20 in Sedgemoor.
Chief Superintendent Daimon Tilley said: "Today large numbers of police officers and police staff have been mobilised across the district, taking part in our force wide "Relentless" day of action.
"Officers have been involved in early morning raids all across the area, targeting criminals who cause harm within our communities.
"Today has been about reinforcing what we do on a daily basis - targeting our criminals and bringing them to justice. We have made had a significant number of arrests as a result.
"We have also been out and about in the community doing patrols and speaking with members of the public to provide reassurance and explain what we have been doing.
"We want the communities of Avon and Somerset to feel safe and to make criminals lives as difficult as possible."
MORE than 250 people have now been arrested under the Operation Relentless clampdown, police said this afternoon.
POLICE have made 27 arrests in Taunton, seven in West Somerset and 20 in Sedgemoor.
Insp Stuart Bell, from Taunton Police Station, said: "Today has seen a significant number of arrests for people who were wanted for failing to appear at Taunton courts, for failing to pay Taunton court fines and for committing crimes in our communities that affect our neighbourhoods.
"This is the latest example of Taunton police being relentless in bringing those that harm our communities to justice."
Insp Lisa Simpson, from Minehead Police Station, said: "My teams have been hunting down offenders for burglary, drugs and assault and have been successful on all counts, with four suspects arrested, one as far a field as Northern Ireland.
"To compliment this activity, the PCSOs have been delivering information leaflets to the Communities to reassure and provide advice on crime prevention.
"We have therefore been even more visible today and are please with our successes."
THE latest number of confirmed arrests across Avon and Somerset now stands at 197, police have said.
ACROSS the Avon and Somerset Police force area, a total of 153 people have now been arrested, senior officers have said.
THE total number of arrests made across Taunton, Sedgemoor and West Somerset this morning has risen to 30, police have said.
The number of arrests in Taunton alone has risen to 14.
Sgt Tony Crowter, from Taunton Police Station, said: "We have executed a number of searches this morning and made arrests so far for offences ranging from theft, breach of bail, non payment of fines and drugs.
"It's been a successful morning so far."
SENIOR police have confirmed officers are at an address in Kidsbury Road, Bridgwater, this morning where cannabis has been discovered.
REPORTS are coming in that a cannabis factory may have been discovered in Bridgwater this morning as part of the Operation Relentless crackdown. Confirmation to follow.
CANNABIS was discovered at a property in Kingston Road, Taunton, this morning, along with money and drug paraphenalia. No arrests were made as the property was vacant when police arrived.
OUR reporter has been out with police teams in Taunton this morning.
He says 21 arrests were made across Sedgemoor, West Somerset and Taunton.
Among those arrests were a 28-year-old woman who was apprehended in Cheddon Fitzpaine on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle.
SEVERAL arrests in Taunton are among the 72 already made under Operation Relentless.
A 39-year-old man from Lyngford Square in the town was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug and non payment of fines.
A 31-year-old man from Allington Close, Blackbrook, was arrested on suspicion of theft.
Two men, aged 36 and 35, and a 22-year-old woman were arrested in Leycroft Grove, Halcon, on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.
MORE than 70 people have been arrested in a series of dawn raids across the Avon and Somerset policing area.
Officers have visited dozens of properties across the region as part of its Operation Relentless campaign.
Among early successes for officers include the uncovering of a cannabis factory near Bath and the seizure of cannabis and cash from a property near Bristol Airport.
Officers are also visiting properties in the Somerset West policing area, which includes Taunton, Bridgwater and Minehead.
Approximately 1,000 police officers are involved in the raids across the force area, tackling suspected criminals involved in motor crime, burglary and robbery.
Operation Relentless has been running for seven years in Avon and Somerset, during which time more than 3,000 arrests have been made.
Assistant Chief Constable Anthony Bangham said on Tuesday morning: "Relentless has two main aims – reinforcing what we do on daily basis in targeting criminals head-on and providing further public reassurance through visible high impact policing
"The fact 72 people have already been arrested this morning sends out a strong message that we continue to be relentless in our pursuit of those who commit crime."
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