Twenty arrests made last week as part of crackdown on domestic violence across Bedfordshire

TWENTY suspects of domestic abuse and serious sexual offences were arrested last week as part of a police clampdown

Bedfordshire Police’s Emerald team arrested the suspects in a three-day operation as part opf a crackdown on offenders of domestic abuse and serious sexual offences.

Officers from across the county took part in the initiative to track down some of the most wanted suspects who are thought to have carried out violent and damaging crimes which impact the lives of too many people in our communities.

Of those arrested in the operation nine have so far been charged.

Detective Inspector Ryan Brammer, from the force’s Emerald team, dedicated to investigating domestic crime and serious sexual offences, said: “These days of action are part of an ongoing operation that bolsters the work we are already doing every day to investigate reports of domestic abuse and serious sexual offences and protect vulnerable people in our county.

“We recognise the damaging impact these crimes can have on survivors, there is no place for abuse in our communities and we work tirelessly to make a difference.

“Whether emotional, physical, sexual or financial all abuse is wrong and we will work hard to bring those responsible to justice.”

“Victims of domestic abuse deserve to be heard, to be supported and to be believed. The Emerald team is committed to improving the victim experience and increasing positive outcomes for cases reported to police.”

The force recorded over 100 domestic abuse crimes last week and has seen an increasing number of reports since the beginning of the year.

It comes at a time where the force is urging victims to speak out and have the confidence to come forward and get the support available.

Anyone experiencing abuse or worried about someone else can contact police on 101.