More than 60 arrests were made during a month long operation targeting those who commit violence against women and girls.
As part of the Met’s London-wide campaign to reduce violence against females, East Area Command detectives arrested 64 suspects over a four week period.
The operation, which ran from Monday, 10 May to Friday, 4 June, was supported by neighbourhoods officers and was run in partnership with local agencies who provided support and assistance to victims who had faced violence, often within their own home.
Of the 64 suspects arrested, 61 were male and 3 were female. Ages ranged from 15 – 67 and arrests were predominantly for 32 forms offences against women
Detective Constable Ash Mutty of the East Area Command Public Protection Unit said: “Where domestic violence is concerned the very first priority for police is always to protect the victim and any children within the home.
“While any suspect would be arrested in an emergency situation, we do understand that arrest is not always the safest option for victims.
“I encourage anyone who is the victim of domestic violence to contact police without delay. You will be listened to and supported and, where appropriate, we will work with our partners in order to formulate a long term solution.
“Domestic violence rarely gets better, so if you are suffering violence in your home or relationship please don’t hesitate, contact police without delay. Help is a call or a click away.”
If you’re a victim of domestic abuse, or know someone who is, and there’s an emergency that’s ongoing or life is in danger, call 999 now. If you’re deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service 18000 or text us on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergencySMS service.
If you’ve been the victim of domestic abuse, or are concerned for someone who is, you can report this in the safety of your local police station. If you require a translator, we can provide someone initially by phone and later in person.
Insp Zed Asghar, lead for the operation with PC Imran Malik said: “Operation SOCAPATOY has been very successful with a large number of suspects in custody where they cannot pose a further threat to their victims. I hope it sends out a message to domestic abusers that they cannot act with impunity, and we will work to ensure they are held to account in a court of law where appropriate.”