Blackpool, Lancaster and Morecambe homes raided by police in first wave of major crime ‘blitz’

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A man from Lancaster, a woman from Blackpool and a teenager from Blackpool were arrested on suspicion of drug offences

 

Police smashed their way into homes across Lancashire in the first wave of a major new crime crackdown.

Officers carried out early morning raids at properties in Blackpool, Lancaster and Morecambe with arrests made for drug offences.

Three people, a 40-year-old man from Lancaster, a 49-year-old woman from Blackpool and a 17-year old male from Blackpool were arrested on suspicion of drug offences.

They remain in custody for questioning.

It comes as the force today (December 6) launched Operation Vanquish involving a ‘surge of police activity with dozens of officers swooping on different areas of the county in a bid to blitz crime and associated antisocial behaviour’.

A force spokesperson added: “Operation Vanquish will see us tackle the crime issues that matter most to our communities from drug dealing to burglary and anti-social behaviour as part of a drive to make the county safer.”

Police bosses say more work is planned in the coming weeks including dozens more warrants, along with community engagement activity, traffic enforcement and crime prevention work.

The operation is all designed to ‘disrupt and deter criminal activity and keep the county’s people and communities safe’, the force said.

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Procter, who was out with officers overseeing the operation today said: “Operation Vanquish is designed to tackle the issues of most concern to our local communities by taking the fight to criminals.”