Man hiding in wardrobe arrested as part of domestic abuse campaign
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A 29-year-old man has been arrested by officers working on Northamptonshire Police’s month-long domestic abuse campaign, after trying to evade capture by hiding in a wardrobe.
The arrest was made in connection with an incident which happened late in the evening on October 10, 2021, in The Headlands in Northampton, when a man in his 60s was punched by another man inside an address, breaking his jaw.
An investigation was launched and this week (December 22), officers were deployed to an address in Northampton to look for someone they suspected of committing the offence.
At the door they were told he wasn’t in and hadn’t been seen for a while, but this didn't deter officers, and on inspection of the property, the man in question was found hiding in a small wardrobe.
The 29-year-old was arrested on suspicion of GBH and remains in police custody at this time.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Hopkinson from the Force’s Domestic Abuse Team (DAT), said “This arrest was made as part of our month-long campaign to tackle domestic abuse, which historically rises over the Christmas period.
“This suspect thought he could evade us by hiding in a wardrobe but we will leave no stone unturned and no line of enquiry unfollowed in our pursuit of domestic abuse offenders.
“We know perpetrators will threaten victims to hide them from police officers but we won’t let that stop us. We will find you.
“Tackling domestic abuse is a matter of priority for this Force – regardless of whether it’s Christmas. The Force is working round the clock to keep people safe and will respond robustly to domestic abuse incidents all year round.
“I want to encourage anyone suffering from domestic abuse to call us. We will believe you. We will take your report seriously and we will work tirelessly to ensure you are safe and that your abuser is brought to justice.”