Issued on 5/12/18 at 9:34 a.m.
An operation to tackle an increase in robberies within Leicester city centre has been hailed a success.
Fourteen suspects were arrested for a variety of offences including robbery, possession of drugs and a recall to prison throughout the month-long operation which started on Thursday 1 November. In addition, officers seized nine knives and a quantity of what’s believed to be Class A and Class B drugs.
Officers also carried out high visibility patrols and were assisted by a drugs dog in a bid to deter and disrupt further criminal activity. Reports of robberies during the operation have gone from a peak of 10 offences a week at the beginning, to none.
Sergeant David Adams from the city centre dedicated neighbourhood team said: “Of those arrested as part of the operation, 10 remain under investigation for offences and three have had no further action taken against them. One has been returned to prison.
“As well as enforcement, the operation also focused on providing safeguarding advice to those living and working in the city centre, and liaising with partners to ensure that advice reached as wide an audience as possible. This included working with De Montfort University security teams, CityWatch and Leicester City Council.
“Crime prevention work with universities has also been conducted to raise awareness of safer routes and general advice for students.
“Officers will continue their patrols and efforts and the message to criminals is simple - offending will not be tolerated.”