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New police team specialising in catching on-the-run criminals make 200 arrests since launching

Two hundred people have been charged with over 570 offences in Kirklees since March through this dedicated police team.

A specialist team set up to chase down on-the-run criminals has passed a major milestone after making its 200th arrest.

The Kirklees Police Catch and Control Team have said its operations remain ongoing after arresting 200 persons for 574 offences since it was launched this March.

The arrests included suspects wanted for offences including burglary, sexual offences, assault, violence against women and domestic abuse.

One male had been outstanding and evading justice for over three years, but was caught and is now serving a prison sentence following an investigation by catch and control officers.

Another man was outstanding for 16 offences and continued to commit crimes while wanted, but is now behind bars.

The new Catch and Control Team was formed as part of a shake-up of offender management in Kirklees.

It is a new resource provided to hunt down known offenders who refuse to engage with the terms of their bail or prison licence and show no signs of wanting to rehabilitate.

The team also assists Kirklees Neighbourhood Policing Teams to manage priority crime and is on hand to swamp an area where a crime trend, such as break-ins or car thefts, looks to be emerging.

It makes use of investigative police work, high-tech techniques, and impactful high-visibility policing to sniff out offenders and also provide reassurance in communities.

Inspector Dale Sawdon, who leads the new Catch and Control Team, said: “This team was formed to carry out assertive, proactive policing and the fact that our officers have made 200 arrests since launch shows the impact they are having on the streets.

“The criminals we are targeting include those who know they are wanted but are doing all they can to avoid justice and, in some cases, continuing to offend.

“They should know that our officers are equally dedicated to tracking them down and as these numbers show, are having success in doing so.”

He added:  “Persons who have information about criminals active in their communities in Kirklees can pass information to the team via www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat or anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”

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