Over 20 arrests as police sweep through March in ‘Operation Surf’ crime crackdown

MORE than 20 people were arrested on suspicion of offences including assault, fraud and robbery as police swept through March in a crime crackdown yesterday.

Operation Surf saw officers increase patrols in March and Huntingdon, execute search warrants to find stolen property and issue fines to 12 motorists.

One driver was stopped for driving with no insurance, another for driving without a licence and traffic officers also used Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology aimed at denying criminals the use of the roads.

Inspector David Liddle said: “This was a high impact day of action targeting a range of criminality in March and Huntingdon.

“Operation Surf will continue with further days of action to disrupt criminals and lock up people caught breaking the law.”

The day saw mobile police stations set up and 350 crime prevention leaflets were handed out. Officers visited farms and also focused on tackling anti-social behaviour and truancy.

Full breakdown of arrests:

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Three men, aged 29, 32 and 29, and a 35-year-old woman were charged with common assault and bailed to Fenland Magistrates’ Court.

Two men, aged 25 and 22, arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm were bailed to return to March Police Station on Saturday.

A 23-year-old man arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm was released with no further action.

A 17-year-old boy was charged with taking a motor vehicle without consent and driving without insurance.

A 22-year-old man was charged with theft from a shop.

A 34-year-old woman was fined for theft while a 40-year-old man was released with no further action.

Two teenagers were arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage, a 16-year-old boy was released without charge, a 19-year-old man was given a conditional caution.

A 54-year-old woman and a 49-year-old man were bailed after being arrested on suspicion of fraud.

Two men, aged 19 and 21, and a 16-year-old boy were arrested in connection with handling stolen goods.

Two 20-year-old men were arrested on suspicion of robbery.

A 24-year-old man arrested on suspicion of burglary is still in custody.

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