Police raid Burnley and Brierfield homes in huge drugs blitz

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POLICE stormed homes in Burnley and Brierfield as part of a huge blitz on drugs in East Lancashire.

Around 100 officers swooped on 12 properties in early morning drug raids on Wednesday.

The massive crackdown on organised drug crime in the area saw police search a house in Townley Street, Briercliffe, and a property in Victoria Avenue, Brierfield, as well as 10 addresses across Nelson.

Eleven men and two women were arrested and questioned on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

Operations Manager Superintendent Damian Darcy, from Pennine Division police, said: “Today we have taken action to disrupt the activities of those we suspect of being involved in organised crime.

“We have carried out a number of raids and we hope that this shows residents that we are taking action to deal with the problems that are affecting their neighbourhoods.

“Drugs can blight our communities. People have told us that drug dealing, crime and antisocial behaviour are issues affecting their community. Not only do they bring obvious dangers to a person’s health, but they also lead to further anti-social behaviour and crime such as burglary, robbery and car crime, which are often committed to fund a drug habit.

“Information is the key – and we want people to come forward with their concerns and reports of suspicious behaviour so that we can clamp down on people believed to be involved in drug dealing. We must work together. If you know something, please speak to us so that we can take action.”

Contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.