Twenty five people arrested in Manchester drugs raids

Officers raiding a home in north Manchester
Image caption Nearly 500 officers raided more than 30 homes

Twenty five people have been arrested in a police crackdown on suspected drug dealers in north Manchester.

Nearly 500 officers raided more than 30 homes around Cheetham Hill, Crumpsall, Whitefield, Broughton and Prestwich.

The raids involved the Greater Manchester Police Tactical Aid Unit, sniffer dogs and special constables from Cheshire Police.

The aim was to tackle drug dealing in north Manchester following concerns from the local community.

Greater Manchester Police said 25 people aged between 17 and 47 were arrested on suspicion of various drug-related offences in the raids, which began at about 0600 BST.

Ch Supt Caroline Ball said: "These raids are the result of us talking to the community and listening to their concerns about the sale and use of drugs in the area.

"We take the issue of drugs extremely seriously and understand the impact they can have on individuals and the community as a whole, as addicts turn to crimes such as burglary and robbery to fund their habit."

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