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10 arrests, 20 charged in sweep

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July 17, 2017

THIRTY people were arrested across Campaspe last week as part of a large-scale crime crackdown.

THIRTY people were arrested across Campaspe last week as part of a large-scale crime crackdown.

Police arrested 10 people on outstanding arrest warrants and charged another 20 people with offences including aggravated burglary, burglary, criminal damage, assault, theft of a bicycle, theft from a shop, possessing drugs, breaching an intervention order and drug and drunk driving.

Campaspe police Inspector Geoff Owen said one man arrested in Echuca during a street stop was found with cannabis and another three pulled over in a vehicle in Kyabram were found with methamphetamine.

Police are into their fifth week of Campaspe Crime Crackdown, a six-week operation targeting criminals, stolen property and drug-related activities in response to recent burglaries in the area.

Operation Lock Down occurred twice last week, with police from inside and outside the area saturating Goornong, Elmore, Rochester and Kyabram where they stopped numerous vehicles and spoke to residents.

‘‘On a positive note, our reported crime right across Campaspe decreased for the week,’ Insp. Owen said.

He said police would continue to disrupt activities of repeat offenders and carry out bail compliance checks to ensure people were at home at curfew times.

‘‘We are still appealing for the public to provide police with any information on criminal activity, in particular information related to drug trafficking and stolen goods,’’ he said.

‘‘Drugs are a driver of property crime with property stolen to support drugs habits.

‘‘If we hit drug trafficking, it drives down property crime.’’

Anyone with information about stolen property or drugs can contact Echuca police on 54831500 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

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