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A total of 529 people have been arrested in Greater Manchester in a major police operation targeting alcohol-related violent crime. [NOTE: Another 140 were arrested today.]
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said about 3,000 officers and police staff are involved in Operation Admiral.
Police arrested 447 people on Friday, on top of a further 82 who have been held over the past few days. [...]
Officers are also visiting pubs, bars and clubs to make sure they are keeping to licensing agreements.
The raids have been co-ordinated with the CPS and courts, the force said, as some of those arrested were already wanted on warrants.
The crackdown is in response to a survey by the government revealing that one in three people in north-west England perceive drunk or rowdy behaviour as a big or fairly big problem, the force said.