Police gangs swoop nets 77 suspects and £10k

Gun found during Operation Nemesis
Gun found during Operation Nemesis
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Police have arrested 77 people across Preston and Penwortham in the last eight weeks in massive a swoop on people with suspected links to crime gangs.

Operation Nemesis has seen three firearms, two CS canisters, shotgun cartridges and numerous offensive weapons including a baton seized in raids on properties around the county.

Found: Cannabis cultivation recovered during Operation Nemesis

Found: Cannabis cultivation recovered during Operation Nemesis

Officers have seized around £10,000 of suspected ill gotten gains, along with large quantities of drugs.

One juvenile, on remand for crimes linked to gang activity, reportedly told officers: “Everyone inside is talking about you Nemesis boys. You’re making life difficult for us at the moment, upsetting everything.”

Det Insp Warren Atkinson, of South Police, said: “The officers involved in this operation are on the front foot and are determined to dismantle groups and gangs who cause serious anti-social behaviour and violence.

“These teams are supported 
by officers who will be actively seeking to restrict offenders’ movements through use of civil and criminal 
orders such as anti-social behaviour orders and more recent legislation designed to tackle and dismantle gangs.

knife recovered from stop check of vehicle during Operation Nemesis (Lancs Police)

knife recovered from stop check of vehicle during Operation Nemesis (Lancs Police)

He said officers had been feeding back comments from offenders and prisoners highlighting the fact that they are not enjoying all the police attention.

Since the beginning of Operation Nemesis, police officers have been targeting criminal groups who are causing problems in Preston, Penwortham and other areas of the police division.

Officers are briefed daily and respond to community intelligence.

The operation has been running for just over eight weeks and 77 people have been arrested for offences ranging from robbery and possession of firearms to drug supply and public order.

Det Insp Atkinson added: “Operation Nemesis is here to stay.

“The officers involved across South Division are enjoying coming in to work because they know they are targeting criminals who are causing problems for decent members of the public.

“One of the main reasons for the success of the operation is the information we are receiving from residents and other agencies. I really want to encourage people to tell us what is happening in their neighbourhoods, safe in the knowledge we will do everything we can to sort their problems out. We are really keen to dismantle these gangs and we want you to help us do it.”

Anyone with information can call 101, speak to their neighbourhood officers, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.