Domestic abuse suspects arrested in dawn raids

A man is led away after a raid. Picture:  Neil Hanna
A man is led away after a raid. Picture: Neil Hanna
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POLICE rounded up eight violent partners during a series of dawn raids aimed at tackling domestic abuse in the Capital.

The offenders were arrested on their doorsteps yesterday morning and found themselves in the dock at Edinburgh ­Sheriff Court just hours later.

We exclusively revealed yesterday how Operation Biscayne was targeting abusers with the sort of dawn raid tactics normally reserved for drug dealers.

The blitz was welcomed by Scottish Women’s Aid, which said it sent out a message “loud and clear” domestic abuse will not be tolerated.

A spokeswoman for the group, which supports domestic abuse victims, said: “We’re pleased to see Police Scotland putting into action their plan to target abusers and, by doing that, get the ­message out loud and clear that domestic abuse will not be tolerated.”

Those arrested were wanted for failing to appear at court on domestic abuse charges, not paying fines or flouting bail conditions. A total of 30 offenders had been identified by the city’s Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit for arrest under warrant, and efforts are continuing to trace the rest.

Officers urged those wanted on a warrant linked to domestic abuse to surrender to police or risk spending Christmas Day in custody.

Twenty officers carried out the swoops across Edinburgh. Two arrests were made in Wester Hailes, two in Drylaw, and one each in Moredun, Cameron Toll and Craigmillar.At the Craigmillar address, a 49-year-old man was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court and a breach of a community payback order.

Detective Inspector Dougie Moran, head of the city’s Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “Since the unit’s formation under Police Scotland, we can fully target every perpetrator of domestic abuse.

“It was always taken seriously as a crime but now we have the resources to back it up. We wanted this operation to send out the message that anyone involved in such offending will not be allowed to get away with it.

“Studies have shown that a victim will be attacked on average 35 times before they finally summon the courage to call the police. When we respond to an incident we are dealing with a suspect who has already carried out 35 assaults. Anyone committing 35 assaults on the street would not be tolerated and there should be no difference when it happens in a home behind closed doors.”

Twelve of the officers taking part were deployed as part of yesterday’s Campaign Against Violence (CAV) Day – when desk-bound staff are sent into the field to bolster numbers.

Scottish Conservative chief whip John Lamont welcomed the tough stance.

He said: “The public will be pleased to see hard words on domestic abuse from Police Scotland turn into action. It’s important the police can target those guilty of this despicable offence in the way they have here.” He added he wants to see courts back the crackdown.

alan.mcewen@edinburghnews.com