Avon and Somerset Police charge 71 after raids

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A total of 71 people out of 380 arrested during raids on a police "day of action" across the Avon and Somerset area have so far been charged.

A further 38 have been bailed to a later date, 20 cautioned and 58 released without charge.

The force said most of the arrests on 20 November were on warrant for failing to attend court or comply with court instructions, or non-payment of fines.

The figures were released after the BBC made a Freedom of Information request.

The remainder of the arrests were for offences including possession or supply of drugs, theft, assault, criminal damage and burglary.

A "significant additional number" surrendered in the 48 hours following the dawn raids, the force said, but no breakdown of figures was available.

A total of 1,137 police officers and staff were involved in the raids last November which were part of Operation Relentless.

The force said that as their duties were refocused around this single operation, total additional costs were kept down to £10,291.

More than 3,500 arrests have been made under the Operation Relentless banner since its launch in 2005.

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