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Liverpool drugs plot: Police release new images as suspects remain in custody

More than £100,000 in Euros was seized in the raids. Credit: Policia Nacional

Police in Merseyside and Spain are still questioning a number of people after busting a huge drug trafficking operation.

Dramatic footage was released by the Spanish authorities showing armed raids at a luxury villa on the Costa del Sol.

In a statement, Spain's Policia Nacional said it was a joint operation with Merseyside Police.

The force also said the gang was allegedly led by two brothers from Liverpool.

None of the suspects have been identified.

Twenty one of those held were in Spain and three others were detained in the UK.

It's alleged the marijuana was hidden in packages that were supposed to have contained marble tiles.

They would have been shipped to the UK in lorries which, the Spanish authorities said, were "bound for Liverpool".

Four marijuana plantations, containing more than 1,600 plants, were dismantled, the statement added.

Amy Welch reports:

Twenty four people have been arrested in Spain and the United Kingdom, four drug plantations have been dismantled - in which more than 1,600 plants have been involved - a fifth already dismantled facility has been located and, in addition, the agents have apprehended, an industrial packer located in a chalet and 58 kilograms of buds."

– Policia Nacional statement


Britain's longest-serving Samaritan receives MBE

Alan Woodhouse from Wallasey is made an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by the Prince of Wales Credit: PA.

Alan Woodhouse has spent the past 57 years helping people.

The 83-year-old from Wallasey, is Britain's longest-serving Samaritan.

On Friday he collected his MBE, which recognises his lifetime of service, from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace .

Today, he's already back at work and supporting those in need.


Man released in New Ferry arson probe

This shows the extent of the blast at New Ferry, Wirral Credit: ITV Granada

A third man who was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to commit arson following an explosion in New Ferry has been released pending further investigation.

Thirty three people were injured in the blast which destroyed a dance studio where children had been just an hour before.

Merseyside Police said a 65-year-old man had been arrested on Friday morning on suspicion of conspiring to commit arson. He's now been released under police investigation.

Two men were held on Wednesday and have also been released pending further investigation.

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