Police arrest 18 people in crackdown on wanted suspects

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  • People suspected of theft, fraud, releasing private sexual photographs, sexual assault and witness intimidation among those arrested
  • Police crackdown on outstanding suspects ran for two months across Portsmouth, Havant, Fareham and Gosport
  • Some have already been charged and convicted in court under Operation Promote
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NEARLY 20 people have been arrested by police in a targeted hunt for wanted suspects.

People suspected of theft, fraud, releasing private sexual photographs, sexual assault and witness intimidation were among those arrested.

Investigation teams and the joint operations Unit, including the force support unit and the roads policing unit ran the operation every Tuesday from July 28 to September 15.

Officers arrested 18 people across Portsmouth, Havant, Fareham and Gosport under Operation Promote.

They included:

• Paul Gillespie, 40, of Milton Road, Portsmouth, was charged with burglary and production of Class B drugs. He is due to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on Sept 28.

• Victoria Rogers, 37, of Winchcombe Road, Portsmouth, was charged with taking a motor vehicle without consent, driving with no insurance, disqualified driving and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence. She is due to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates Court on Sept 30.

• Patrick Clarke, 34, of Kingston Road, Portsmouth, was charged with theft. He pleaded guilty at court and was sentenced to 13 weeks prison, suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay compensation of £150 and criminal court charge of £150.

• Gary Shorney, 46, of Privett Road, Fareham, was charged with two counts of fraud by false representation. He has been to court and received a 12-month conditional discharge and has been ordered to pay compensation of £14.99 and costs of £85.

• Christopher Hawnt, 39, of Bunting Gardens, Waterlooville, charged with fraud by false representation and theft. He was found guilty at court and ordered to complete a community order and rehabilitation activity, as well as costs totalling £265 and victim surcharge of £60.

I am pleased with the results of this operation, which demonstrates that police will take proactive action to keep our local communities safe

Inspector James Stewart

• Jay McKnight, 33, of Sandringham Road, Portsmouth, was charged with theft. He has been to court and received six months conditional discharge and ordered to pay £40 compensation and costs of £150.

• Gareth Crowle, 26, of Ireland Way, Waterlooville, was charged with theft and was due to appear in court Sept 22.

• A 50-year-old man from the Isle of Wight was arrested on suspicion of using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour likely to cause racial hatred. He is been bailed until October 6.

• A 21-year-old man from Portsmouth was arrested on suspicion of releasing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress. He has been bailed until November 20.

• A 20-year-old man from Waterlooville was arrested on suspicion of tendering as genuine a thing knowing it was a counterfeit of a currency note. He has been bailed until November 19.

• A 29-year-old man from Portsmouth was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and has been bailed until November 2.

• A 32-year-old man from Havant was arrested on suspicion of witness intimidation and reported for summons.

• A 17-year-old boy from Waterlooville was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent and bailed until December 7.

Five people were released with no further action being taken against them.

Inspector James Stewart, who managed the operation said: ‘I am pleased with the results of this operation, which demonstrates that police will take proactive action to keep our local communities safe.’