Operation continues to make an Impact as 13 arrested in dawn raids Date published: 30th September 2015 9.11am

The war on drug-related crime in Congleton was stepped up this morning following a series of dawn raids at address across the town.

This morning (Wednesday, September 30) officers executed warrants and arrested a number of people in relation to the supply of drugs and its associated crime in Congleton. The strikes took place across four Force areas (Cheshire, Staffordshire, Merseyside and GMP), and follow a similar operation executed just a fortnight ago primarily around the Macclesfield area.

The raids have formed part of the Constabulary’s ongoing Operation Impact campaign, and highlights the Force’s efforts to tackle those whose criminal actions linked to drugs brings misery to our communities.

Officers executed seven warrants across Congleton, while further raids were also executed at addresses in Liverpool, Manchester and Burton, Staffordshire during the operation, which aimed to tackle the supply network for drugs in the Congleton area.

The operation has led to the arrests of 13 people – six of them from Congleton – on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, with charges expected to be brought later today.

Chief Constable Simon Byrne attended the morning briefing and witnessed some of the warrants being executed. He said: “This morning’s action sends out a very clear message – that we’re here for justice and drug-related activity and its associated crimes will not be tolerated in our communities. Residents should not have to live in fear of or intimidation of the illegal activity taking place in their neighbourhoods.

“The dismantling of highly organised gangs involved in selling drugs on our streets is one of the key priorities for the Force. We take this type of crime seriously and this operation, along with the one we executed a fortnight ago, demonstrates that we will take swift and robust action against those involved in it in a careful and planned way."

Anyone with any information about drugs activity in their neighbourhoods, or any crime, should contact Cheshire police on 101. Information can also be passed on anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555111.