EIGHT people have been arrested following a series of dawn raids in a crackdown on burglaries and robberies.
Eight people have been arrested following a series of dawn raids in a crackdown on burglaries and robberies.
90 officers were involved in the carrying out the four warrants at properties in Eastern Road and Hercules Street in Portsmouth and two flats at Grove House in Hendy Close in Southsea, this morning as part of operation Raft.
Six men aged 20, 22, 28, 30, 31 and 40 and two women aged 21 and 29, all from the city, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to steal.
They are currently being questioned by police.
This follows last week’s arrests on suspicion of supplying class A drugs which saw six people pleading guilty at Portsmouth Magistrates Court on February 6.
Chief Inspector Darren O’Callaghan, who is leading the operation, said: ‘Operation Raft is targeting those responsible for serious acquisitive crime and the supply of illegal drugs in Portsmouth.
‘Crime is down by 16 per cent in Portsmouth so far this year and today’s arrests demonstrate our commitment and determination to achieve a further reduction in crime and to ensure that the area is a safe place to live and work.
‘We want to ensure that law-abiding members of the community do not have their lives blighted by the crime and anti-social behaviour often associated with the use of drugs.
‘Officers from the Safer Neighbourhood teams have visited the communities affected by this operation to provide reassurance and to distribute leaflets to those concerned which describe what has taken place.’
Anyone concerned about criminal activity in their neighbourhood should call the police in confidence on 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.
Or call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555111 which will pass on the information.