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Lanarkshire crime crackdown sees 120 people arrested

More than 120 people have been arrested following a one day crackdown on violent crime across Lanarkshire.

About 200 officers were involved in operations across Airdrie, Coatbridge, Hamilton, Bellshill, Lanark, Larkhall, East Kilbride and Blantyre on Friday.

More than £50,000 worth of drugs were seized along with weapons, including a stun gun and sword.

Police Scotland said early morning raids were carried out at the homes of people suspected of criminality.

Public concerns

Ch Supt Nelson Telfer said Operation Fleet was aimed at reducing the level of fear in local communities and providing public reassurance.

"Tackling violence, disorder and anti-social behaviour are top priorities for police across Lanarkshire and public reassurance is at the heart of our strategy," he said.

"Communities told us the issues that caused them the greatest concern and our intelligence, coupled with Police Scotland's specialist force resources allowed us to target the right people at the right time.

"I think the results speak volumes and show that by working together we can disrupt those responsible for committing crime, pursue known offenders and enforce the law to hold criminals to account for their actions."

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