SEVENTEEN PEOPLE ARRESTED BY TITAN FOLLOWING RAIDS ACROSS THE NORTH WEST

Officers from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (Titan) have arrested 17 people on suspicion of drugs, firearms and money laundering offences today (Thursday, 27 September 2012).

Officers from Titan, helped by officers from Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester executed 19 search warrants across Formby, Southport, Kirkby,
Birkenhead, Walton, Banks, Tarleton, Ormskirk, Wigan,
Widnes and Salford following a lengthy investigation into serious and organised crime.

Eleven men and six women have been taken to police stations for questioning by detectives.

Detective Superintendent Jason Hudson from Titan said: “This operation demonstrates the ongoing commitment and dedication of Titan in tackling serious and organised crime across the North West. 
“We appeal to anyone with any information relating to serious and organised crime in their area to contact police so we can take rigorous action against them.” 

During a search warrant executed in Salford officers discovered a number of rounds of ammunition and a smoke cannister that required the Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) being called to make it safe.

Anyone with any information is asked to call their neighbourhood policing team on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

UPDATE: SEVENTEEN PEOPLE ARRESTED BY TITAN ACROSS NORTH WEST FOR DRUGS, FIREARMS AND MONEY LAUNDERING OFFENCES

UPDATE: 3:15PM
 
Officers from Titan, working alongside officers from Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester, have arrested 11 men and six women on suspicion of drugs, firearms and money laundering offences today (Thursday, 27 September 2012).

A 44-year-old man from Banks has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, conspiracy to possess firearms, conspiracy to supply Class B drugs and for conspiracy to conceal criminal property
A 35-year-old woman from Banks has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to conceal criminal property
A 35-year-old man from Banks has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and cultivation of Cannabis
A 34-year-old man from Tarleton has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, conspiracy to possess firearms, conspiracy to supply Class B drugs and for conspiracy to conceal criminal property
A 34-year-old woman from Tarleton has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to conceal criminal property
A 37-year-old man from Whiston has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs
A 36-year-old woman from Whiston has been arrested on suspicion of possession of criminal property
A 33-year-old man from Ormskirk has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to conceal criminal property
A 27-year-old woman from Ormskirk has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to conceal criminal property
A 33-year-old man from Formby has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs
A 36-year-old man from Southport has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and conspiracy to possess firearms
A 32-year-old man from Salford has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs
A 60-year-old man from Widnes has been arrested on suspicion of cultivation of Cannabis and conspiracy to conceal criminal property
A 49-year-old man from Widnes has been arrested on suspicion of cultivation of Cannabis
A 47-year-old woman from Widnes has been arrested on suspicion of cultivation of Cannabis
A 41-year-old woman from Kirkby has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to conceal criminal property
A 61-year-old man from Wigan has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to conceal criminal property
They have all been taken to police stations for questioning by detectives.
During the searches officers have seized a quantity of what it believed to be Class A drugs together with a drugs press, a number of rounds of ammunition, a large quantity of cash and jewellery, a number of high value vehicles and computer equipment.

UPDATE OCTOBER 2nd 2012

Paul Lawler aged 35,  of Westerdale Drive, Banks, and Paul Bennett, aged 36, of Pilling Close, Southport, were both charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and conspiracy to supply Class B drugs and conspiracy to possess firearms.

They were remanded in custody at Preston magistrates court.

Stephen Clarke, aged 44, of Westerdale Drive, Banks, Southport, was among five men and three women who appeared at Preston magistrates’ court .

He was charged with conspiracy to possess firearms, two offences of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, two offences of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs and four offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Peter Clarke, aged 34 of Glebelands, in Tarleton, near Southport, was charged with the same offences.

Rachel Clarke, aged 35, of Westerdale Drive, Banks-Maria Clarke, aged 34, of Glebelands, Tarleton, Lancashire were charged with offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

They are all due to appear at Preston Crown Court on Friday5 October 2012 for a preliminary hearing.

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