Dawn raid in Burnley

Police launched a dawn raid in Burnley this morning as part of an investigation into robberies across Greater Manchester.

Wednesday, 28th June 2017, 11:52 am
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 8:24 am
Police conducted a dawn raid in Burnley

Operation Speedway is an investigation into a series of 13 cash-in-transit robberies, predominantly in the Cheetham Hill and Broughton areas, and 23 crimes of money laundering.

This morning, officers from Greater Manchester Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Group, Challenger Manchester, and the City of Manchester Team executed nine warrants in Cheetham Hill and Higher Broughton, with a further warrant in Burnley.

Six men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery and money laundering. They remain in police custody for questioning.

Det. Insp Vicki Kenyon of GMP’s Serious Crime Division said: “This investigation has been long-running and we have made six arrests in this morning’s strike.

“The investigation focuses on cash-in-transit robberies whereby the offenders brandish weapons whilst using threats and violence against the guard in order to steal a cash box, as well as the subsequent laundering of the money; both of which cause damage and worry in our communities.

“We will continue to work with our partners and the local communities to keep our streets safe and bring those who blight our communities to justice.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.