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Raids in Skem and Burscough
POLICE seized cannabis plants and suspected stolen property after executing a number of warrants in Skelmersdale and Burscough.
Officers from an operational support unit carried out raids at addresses in Inglewhite, Birkrig, Belfield, Berry Street, White Moss Lane, Thornby and Firbeck in Skelmersdale and Mart Lane Burscough on Wednesday.
A mature plant cannabis factory was discovered at the address in Inglewhite and on Birkrig a small scale cannabis cultivation set up was discovered with eight plants. The property on White Moss Road had the remains of a large scale cannabis factory. Following the raid at Belfield, a 27-year-old man was arrested and received a police caution for possession of cannabis.
At the other properties a number of items of property were seized and enquiries into these items and the cannabis factories are ongoing.
The activity was carried out as part of Operation Julius, a force wide crack down on burglary.
West Lancs Geographic Inspector Andy Willis said: "We are committed to tackling criminality in our area. A lot of burglaries are carried out in order to fund a drug habit and stolen items will be swapped for drugs. Over the coming weeks, we will continue to target both those we suspect of dealing drugs and committing burglaries.
"I am grateful to my colleagues from across the force and Merseyside Police who assisted not just with these warrants but also with the ‘lockdown' of our borders, which sends a powerful message to those who seek to commit crime in West Lancs – you are not welcome here and we will do everything we can to stop you.”
Anyone with any information can contact Lancashire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.
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