Nine arrests in dawn gun and drug raids in Merseyside

Nine people have been arrested in raids in Merseyside during a police crackdown on gun and drug crime.

Officers executed warrants at 15 addresses in Kirkby, St Helens, Knowsley and Fazakerley.

Eight men and one woman have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. Thirteen of the addresses are residential homes.

Police said "a substantial amount of cash" had been recovered from a house searched in St Helens.

The operation, codenamed Operation Decade, is the culmination of a 12-month investigation.

Ch Supt Mike Cloherty, area commander for Knowsley, said the operation was set up after residents raised concerns about serious organised crime in their communities.

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