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Derwent Valley crime crackdown: 25 charged, 40 offences uncovered by Taskforce Saturate

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Tasmania Police traffic operation at night. Breath test. Image / Pulse

A crime crackdown in the Derwent Valley has resulted in 25 people being charged with over 40 offences in the last week.

Taskforce Saturate was launched by Tasmania Police to focus on repeat offenders, with the specialist officers targeting “as many … as possible” in New Norfolk in recent days.

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“In this short period of time, these officers have charged 25 people with over 40 offences, issued numerous speeding infringements and defects and provided a significant policing presence in the area,” Acting Bridgewater Inspector Richard Penney said.

Offences included stealing, breach of bail, drug offences, motor vehicle stealing, burglary, shoplifting, fraud, assault and traffic violations.

A recent attack on a vacant building in the town was described as “senseless & so demoralising” by local MP Jen Butler. Image / Jen Butler

Penney added that charges were also laid for disqualified driving, unlicensed driving, speeding exceeding 23 km/h and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

“Tasmania Police remains committed to reducing recidivism and enhancing community safety throughout the Southern District and Taskforce Saturate and southern traffic in collaboration with local police, could be in your area targeting these individuals next,” he said.

The graffiti on the former Tasman Limited railway carriages at the Derwent Valley Railway this week. Image / Supplied

The crackdown follows criticism from local officials about crime in New Norfolk and a recent graffiti attack on heritage railway carriages at the Derwent Valley railway.

Police urge individuals to report illegal or antisocial behavior by dialing 131 444 or Triple Zero (000) in emergencies.

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