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motorcycles recovered in police swoop

Two suspected stolen motorcycles were among items recovered as police swooped in Knowsley, Merseyside, this week. Seven people were arrested on suspicion of crimes including stalking; criminal damage; possession of a firearm; immigration, drugs, and driving offences; and theft of a motor vehicle.

As well as the motorcycles, a large quantity of cash, a number of weapons, and a substance believed to be a controlled drug were recovered.

A large number of officers and police staff descended on the Kirkby and Huyton areas of Knowsley on 14 October as part of a pre-planned operation aiming to disrupt and arrest criminals.

This operation is part of a force wide initiative Operation Target, tackling serious and organised crime, including gun and knife crime, serious assaults, armed robberies, murder investigations, violence in night time economy, county lines and drug use.

Yesterday’s swoop, called Operation Vermont, included road side and taxi licensing checks, uniformed and unmarked patrols, address warrants, and open land searches.

T/Inspector Jon Coote from the Knowsley Targeted Policing team said: “It was a very successful night. We are really pleased with how the operation went and want to thank those who have already spoken to us and shared information about criminality in their area and encourage others to do the same.

“It will come as no surprise, that alongside our investigations, a lot of this success is down to information received from those living and working in the area and I hope this activity shows that by speaking to us, anonymously or not and sharing your concerns helps us massively to put offenders being bars.

“I would continue to urge anyone else who hasn’t done so to reach out to us. Passing on information about where weapons are being stored, who is carrying them and who is dealing drugs or committing serious crime in your community is essential and allows us to keep you as safe as we possibly can.”

Contact can be made on social media @MerPolCC, call 101 or via @CrimestoppersUK.



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