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Three arrested in dawn raids targeting gun crime across Manchester

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Three people have been arrested as part of dawn raids made by the North West's Organised Crime Unit.

Addresses in Moss Side and Beswick were targeted as part of an operation to tackle gun crime across Manchester.

Police have said that an organised crime group believed to be operating in Rusholme and central Manchester were targeted as part of this morning's raids

As part of the operation police have seized four firearms; a Brocock Revolver, a Smith and Wesson Magnum, a Ruger 22 Revolver, a Walther P22 Self Loading Pistol and a large quantity of ammunition.

Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Four stolen vehicles, cloned registration plates, drugs and bladed weapons were also recovered last year between April and August 2019.

Three men were arrested for conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life, a further four are also in custody for related offences.

Superintendent Mark Dexter said: "I would like to thank staff from GMP and NWROCU who were involved in making these arrests today.

"We now have a total of seven people in custody due to the strenuous work of our officers and the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit.

"I hope these arrests will reassure residents in Rusholme that we are fully committed to making the streets of Manchester a safer place by disrupting organised crime groups and any child criminal exploitation."