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Six arrests in Merseyside drugs crackdown

Police have arrested six men after dawn raids at 10 addresses across Merseyside.

The men, aged between 20 and 51, are being held on suspicion of conspiracy to produce cannabis.

During the 10 month investigation officers have uncovered four cannabis farms at addresses in Kirkdale, Fazakerley, Anfield and Tuebrook worth around £250,000.

Searches of the addresses are still being carried out by officers, but officers have already recovered a large amount of cash.

We are committed to stamping out the illegal drug-dealing activities that cause misery to the lives of so many. Work undertaken by the Force shows that many of the firearms incidents we see on Merseyside are linked to the cultivation of cannabis and those involved in cannabis cultivation do not care about the consequences that their actions have on communities and we will not tolerate this kind of behaviour."

– DI Dominic Harrison,

Those arrested have been taken to police stations across Merseyside where they will be interviewed by detectives.

12 arrests after Merseyside cannabis crackdown

Police have arrested 12 people and seized more than 260 cannabis plants during the second day of a week-long crack down on drugs gangs.

Officers executed drugs raids in Birkenhead, Rock Ferry, Southport, Kirkby, Halewood, Orrell Park, Aigbuth and Toxteth yesterday.

Crimestoppers are encouraging anyone who susepcts they live near or know where a cannis farm has been set up to pass on that information anonymously and in confidence so that the police can take action.

On Monday police arrested 14 people and seized more than 250 cannabis plants during the first day of the operation. Ammunition, cocaine and heroin were also seized as officers cracked down on organised criminal gangs.


Shameless star accused of producing cannabis

Jody Latham arrives at court Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Former Shameless and EastEnders star Jody Latham, from Lancashire, has appeared in court charged with producing cannabis.

Latham, 29, is accused of growing 24 plants, with a value of about £14,000, at an address in Bacup in May last year.

He found fame through the role of "Lip" Gallagher in Channel 4 drama Shameless.

He attended Burnley Magistrates' Court along with co-defendant Sarah Melia, 31, who faces the same charge.

No pleas were indicated for either defendant as the case was adjourned until October 10 when the matter is due to be committed to Burnley Crown Court.Latham, of Market Street, Bacup, and Melia, of Cotman Close, Bacup, were granted unconditional bail

Key signs to spotting a cannabis farm

As police across the region pledge a crackdown on cannabis growers in the North West, forces have released a list of tell-tale signs that a farm may be in operation.

  • Strange smells and sounds
  • Frequent and varied visitors to a property, often at unusual times
  • Gardening equipment being taken into a property, such as plant pots, fertiliser, fans or industrial lighting
  • Windows are sealed and covered or the curtains are permanently closed
  • Heat from an adjoining property


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