Further arrest made in Operation Nimrod drugs raids

A FIFTH man was arrested this morning (Friday 25 January) in a second day of co-ordinated early morning drugs raids in Ormskirk and Skelmersdale.   A warrant was executed at an address in Hawthorne Crescent, Skelmersdale, and a 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of cocaine.   A visit was also made to an address in Sefton Drive, Ormskirk,   In total five people have now been arrested as part of the Operation Nimrod raids to target drug dealing activity, carried out in response to concerns from the local community.

Warrants were executed under the Misuse of Drugs Act at three addresses on Burscough Street, Thompson Avenue and Lea Crescent on Thursday.

“This second day of activity again highlights the fact that we are committed to taking Class A drugs off our streets.” Inspector Graham Coates “Local residents have raised concerns about drug dealing in Ormskirk and Skelmersdale and we have taken action against those believed to be responsible.   “We need the public to continue to work with us to help us tackle drug crime by informing us of any suspicious activity.”   Councillor David Sudworth, West Lancashire Borough Council portfolio holder for community safety, attended this morning’s drugs raid. He said: “I was pleased to be able to join the police on their operations in West Lancashire. Drugs cause misery to whole communities and wreck lives. I am delighted the police are continuing to crack down hard on this, and they have this council’s full support.   “As a council, we will continue to work closely with the police and other partners to make West Lancashire as safe as possible.”   Nationally acclaimed Operation Nimrod is a force-wide operation dedicated to tackling drug-related crime right across the county. The crackdown is a long-term approach that has been running since 2002.   Anyone with information about drug dealing in their community can contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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