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House stormed in morning raid

Operation Mercury: A police officer enters a house

Operation Mercury: A police officer enters a house

A machete and two baseball bats were taken from a house in Preston, during the third day of a number of early morning raids tackling organised crime in Callon and Fishwick.

A MACHETE and two baseball bats were taken from a house in Preston, during the third day of a number of early morning raids tackling organised crime in Callon and Fishwick.

Police officers stormed the property where a man, woman and young baby were inside.

Police recovered the weapons from a bedroom where all three of the occupants were sleeping. A man was arrested and taken into police custody, following the raid at around 8.30am on Friday morning.

Another property in Callon was raided during the third day of the raids.

Operation Mercury 6 has seen Callon and Fishwick locked down as more than 80 officers flooded the estates tackling drug dealing in the run-up to the festive period.

Acting on intelligence gathered from the community, officers have executed warrants, resulting in 16 arrests, and more than £96,000 of cash was seized.

Weapons, including knuckle dusters, air weapons and a crossbow, have been seized, as well as substantial amounts of cocaine, cannabis and heroin.

Chief Inspector June Chessell, from Preston Police, said: “There have been two main aims of our operation.

“Firstly, to target those criminals who blight our communities with this sort of activity, and secondly, to show the community in Preston that we are working to keep them safe and that we are determined to rid them of drug related activity in their areas.

“We will continue to use these tactics and anyone we suspect of being involved in criminal activity can expect severe disruption. We are using every tactic at our disposal to outwit criminals.

“If anyone has concerns about crime in their area or information about who is committing crime then we want to know about it.

“We are determined to spoil Christmas for criminals in 
Preston.”

Neighbourhood policing teams were out in force handing out leaflets and reassuring the community.

Chief Insp Chessell said: “The community is our eyes and ears.

“This operation is about ‘you said, we did’.

“You said to us there is drug dealing going on in our community. We took that information and turned it into action.”

If you have concerns about crime in your area, contact the police on 101 or call Crimestoppers confidentially on 0800 555 111.

 
 
 

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