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170 arrested in weekend violence crackdown

Police across Greater Manchester have arrested 170 people as part of an operation targeting domestic abuse and violent crime.

16 of those arrested were wanted violent offenders.

Operation Harvest ran in city and town centres targeting alcohol-related violence. Two-hundred and ninety one visits to licensed premises were conducted and the numbers of officers on patrol were increased in violent crime hotspots.

Domestic abuse is not acceptable, it is not only the victim that suffers but their children, who witness or hear the abuse happening. Working with our partners, we want to urge victims to come forward now and report it, if not for themselves then for the sake of their children.

The victims and their children who witness domestic abuse have the right to be respected, the right to be safe, secure and not to be afraid in their own homes.

– Detective Superintendent Phil Owen

The public are being urged to support police in the crackdown by visiting their website ( to see photos and information on wanted offenders and provide information that could help bring them to justice. Twitter users can follow #harvest @gmpolice for the latest information.

Change in rape case rules

A couple whose daughter was murdered by her ex-boyfriend have changed the way rape cases will be dealt with. They've been campaigning ever since Jane Clough was stabbed outside. Blackpool hospital where she worked. At the time her killer Jonathan Vass was on bail for raping her.

He was convicted of murder but never of rape. Now after huge pressure from Jane's parents the rules have changed so in future ape charges will now normally be prosecuted alongside murder charges. Our Political Correspondent Claire Ashforth reports: