Milestone for domestic abuse team in Rochford and Southend

Officers from a team set up to tackle domestic abuse in Rochford and Southend districts have made their 100th arrest this month.

The Offender Management Team (OMT) made the milestone arrest on Friday May 1 – just seven months after starting up.

The team, which consists of three police constables, work closely with investigators from Southend’s Domestic Abuse Investigations Team (DAIT) by locating individuals wanted on suspicion of offences.

They also locate repeat offenders, people who have breached court orders put in place to protect victims of abuse and people who are wanted for failing to answer their bail or turn up to court hearings.

Detective Inspector Steve Franklin, who leads the team, said: “Whilst domestic abuse often occurs behind closed doors, my officers have made it clear that there is no place for offenders to hide.

“These officers are specifically tasked with locating and apprehending people who are suspected of committing domestic abuse offences and they have a number of tools available to help them.

“We have a number of plans in the pipeline, one that gives a real focus on those who repeatedly offend and gives an enhanced service to repeat victims of domestic abuse.

“We know that domestic abuse is happening and we are working closely with our partner agencies and voluntary organisations to tackle offenders and support those affected by it.

“I am really proud of the achievements we have made in such a short period of time and I hope that the work we are doing gives added confidence to those affected by domestic abuse.”

Recent results have included:

  • Securing a two year restraining order against a 49-year-old man after he was sentenced on February 10 for harassment. He was also ordered to complete 20 days rehabilitation activity requirement;
  • Arresting a Westcliff man wanted for failing to appear at court on March 12. He has been remanded ahead of a court hearing in August 2020 charged with engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour, assault and criminal damage;
  • Charging a man, 33, from Shoebury, with stalking and two counts of breaching a non-molestation order. He was arrested on February 19, has been made subject of an interim Stalking Protection Order and he awaits sentencing;
  • Convicting a 23-year-old man from Rochford who received 24 weeks for four counts of assault by beating on March 14;
  • Arresting a 45-year-old man from Shoebury who breached a domestic violence protection order just two days after he appeared in court. He was sent to prison on May 7.

Anyone with information about domestic abuse can call 101 in a non-emergency or by visiting www.essex.police.uk. Please call 999 in an emergency. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

There are many other charities who can help you including Changing Pathways, Next Chapter, Safer Places, Women’s Aid and Refuge.

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Mick Ferris

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