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'Be afraid', police tel l most persistent offenders.

HARDCORE criminals in Nuneaton and Bedworth are being warned by police: "We're watching you" in a new high profile crackdown.

Nuneaton police, in partnership with other agencies, today launched Operation Chester, aimed at curbing the criminal activities of the area's most prolific offenders.

The first stage of the operation involves letters being sent to every one of those criminals, warning them of the new regime.

Around 70 to 75 prolific criminals are being targeted by Operation Chester county-wide, of these 36 are in Nuneaton, Bedworth and north Warwickshire.

Chief Inspector Peter Blackburn, Nuneaton and Bedworth's new district commander, said the operation would make criminals' lives as difficult as possible.

He said a lot of the crimes in the area were committed by a handful of people, many of whom had chronic drugs problems.

He said: "I'm looking forward to making a real impact in the area, working with partners and the community - driving down crime for local residents."

The scheme was launched county-wide yesterday by Chief Insp Blackburn and Karen Bonham, the county's prolific and priority offenders scheme co-ordinator.

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DN71672_1 TOUGH TALK... Karen Bonham and Chief Insp Peter Blackburn with one of the letters being sent out to prolific offenders. icture: Darryl Smith
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 3, 2006
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