Weapons and drugs haul discovery as police probe rise in gangland crime

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Weapons and drugs were seized from a home in a troubled neighbourhood recently hit by gangland crime.

Detectives raided an address in Orford, Warrington, on Saturday and recovered the illegal hauls, leading to the arrest of a 30-year-old man.

The property, on Hume Street, is less than two miles from where a man was shot at a house in Poplars Avenue, 10 days ago.

The gunman fired bullets towards the address and the victim, 55, suffered wounds to his leg before being rushed to hospital.

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It is also about a mile away from the scene where criminals left an improvised explosive device left in the garden of a home, on Birtles Road.

That was on April 15 as an explosive ordinance disposal team was sent to the scene and a controlled explosion carried out on the device.

Police on Poplars Avenue.

Police have previously said those two previous incidents were linked to serious organised crime.

This latest weapon and drugs discovery came as a result of enquiries into both those cases.

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The suspect arrested on Saturday evening was quizzed on suspicion of producing a controlled drug and conspiracy to supply a controlled drug.

The man, detained using the help of police dogs, was released on bail.

Today, one of Warrington's most senior detectives acknowledged residents' concerns about the rise in very serious crime in the town.

The scene on Birtles Road, Orford, Warrington sealed off after a device was found.

More patrols have been put out onto the streets to appease growing local fears, he said, as he described the public as "our eyes and ears."

Superintendent Martin Cleworth, who is in charge of policing in Warrington, said: “I want you to know that I understand how concerning recent incidents have been for your community.

“Therefore I have increased our policing presence in the town and you can expect to see officers patrolling your streets to provide you with reassurance.

“I can assure you that we are still acting on information given to us and continuing to relentlessly pursue those who are believed to be involved with organised crime.

“You are our eyes and ears.

"I need the public to help and support my officers by coming forward with information as we continue to try and make the town safer.”

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If you have any information about serious and organised crime you can contact Cheshire Police on 101 or visit www.cheshire.police.uk/

If you do not want to speak to the police directly, you can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org