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Police swoop nets 60 suspects for race hate and domestic violence

PUBLISHED: 17:05 26 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:50 05 October 2010

POLICE have arrested 60 people for domestic violence offences including assault and harassment in a swoop across London. The raids yesterday targeted domestic, homophobic, race hate crime and other offences of violence such as GBH as part of Operation Athena, aimed at “transferring the fear onto violent offenders” while encouraging more victims to come forward

POLICE have arrested 60 people for domestic violence offences including assault and harassment in a swoop across London.

The raids yesterday targeted domestic, homophobic, race hate crime and other offences of violence such as GBH as part of Operation Athena, aimed at "transferring the fear onto violent offenders" while encouraging more victims to come forward.

Resources are being focused on sexual offences and serious violence against women. The operation also coincided with the introduction of the Forced Marriage Act.

A similar operation in May led to 336 people being arrested for domestic violence, hate crime and the abuse of vulnerable adults.

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