Police have launched a special operation targeting wanted domestic abuse offenders - with a man from Burnley among their top targets.
Operation Moorhen is a week-long crackdown across East Division aimed at locating and arresting priority wanted individuals.
The aim of the operation is to reduce vulnerability with additional resources to be dedicated to locating those who are outstanding for these specific criminal offences or those who are wanted on warrant, with the origin of their offending being domestic abuse.
De. Insp. Martin Melvin, of East CID, said: “Robustly dealing with individuals who have committed these offences, supporting victims and preventing further offending remains a force priority and a key part of our everyday business. The operation gives a clear message that this type of offending will not be tolerated and emphasises our commitment to ensuring the safety of the community we serve.”
Domestic abuse is threatening behaviour, violence or abuse which takes place between adults who are family members or partners (including ex-partners). Domestic abuse can be one of the following.
- Physical abuse: Pushing, hitting, punching, kicking, choking and using weapons.
- Sexual abuse: Forcing or pressuring someone to have sex (rape), unwanted sexual activity, touching, groping someone or making them watch pornography.
- Financial abuse: Taking money, controlling finances, not letting someone work.
- Emotional/psychological abuse: Making someone feel bad or scared, stalking, blackmailing, constantly checking up on someone, playing mind games.
Today's targets include Omer Saddique (29), whose last known address was in Cromwell Street, Burnley. He is described as asian, 5ft 10in., slim build, with short black hair. He is wanted for domestic violence, threats to kill and harassment.
Police want victims to know that help is always available. Lancashire Victim Services is supported by Lancashire Police and Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner – here people will be able to access local help from services that are available 24/7.
Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “Domestic abuse in all its forms is unacceptable and we will not tolerate it here in Lancashire. We need to challenge abusive behaviours and this operation will send a clear message to offenders that abuse and violence in relationships aren't normal and will be tackled by our officers.
"I set up Lancashire Victim Services to ensure that anyone who finds themselves in an abusive relationship or has been affected in the past can access the support they need, when they need it. Expert help is available across the county and I would encourage anyone who needs advice or emotional support to contact the service.
"My office continues to challenge offenders and highlight support through county wide campaigns and our current World Cup Campaign is a perfect example of that."
If you feel you are a victim call 101, or, in an emergency 999.
For more information, visit https://www.lancashire.police.uk/help-advice/personal-safety/domestic-abuse/