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Dawn raids in Preston see gang arrested on drugs and sex offences charges

Posted on - 27th March, 2019 - 12:57pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Crime, Fishwick, Penwortham, Preston News, Ribbleton
Police acted to detain the three men
Police were active during early hours of Wednesday morning

Raids against organised crime gangs have taken place across Preston during Wednesday (27 March).

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Six men aged between 18 and 31 were arrested during the dawn raids in Ribbleton, Fishwick, Ashton-on-Ribble, Penwortham and Longridge.

They remain in custody as the properties were searched on suspicion of cultivation and supply of drugs and child sexual offences.

Chief Inspector Steve Holgate said: “Today’s arrests are part of a complex and on-going investigation and demonstrate our commitment to tackling organised criminality and those who prey on the vulnerable in our communities.

“We will continue to take action such as we have today to protect people from harm.”

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Here’s details of the six men arrested. Police gave an update on Thursday to say they had now been charged.

A 31-year-old man from Preston on suspicion of Rape, Conspiracy to Supply Class A and B drugs and Production of Class B drugs

A 29 year-old man from Preston on suspicion of Rape, Conspiracy to Supply Class A and B drugs and Production of Class B drugs

An 18 year-old man from Longridge on suspicion of Rape and Conspiracy to Supply Class A and B drugs

A 20 year-old man from Longridge on suspicion of Conspiracy to Supply Class A and B drugs and Production of Class B drugs

A 19 year-old man from Preston on suspicion of Conspiracy to Supply Class A and B drugs

A 26 year-old man from Penwortham on suspicion of Conspiracy to Supply Class A and B drugs and Production of Class B drugs.

Anyone who has information which could assist police should contact 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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