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Skelmersdale Police's war on drugs and gangs continues

Further arrests made as officers step up neighbourhood patrols

Detective Inspector Warren Atkinson

Detectives and police officers have been working around the clock this week to reassure Skelmersdale’s residents that crime is being fought.

Operation Nemesis continues, with officers attempting to disrupt gang activity and drug dealing wherever possible.

Following the gang brawl outside Castle Hey shops a couple of weekends ago another person has been arrested and bailed pending further enquiries.

Police are also still investigating several people after drugs warrants were executed at their homes last week.

Several vehicles were broken into on Ennerdale in Tanhouse during the weekend, leading to officers reminding people to lock their cars and ensure valuable aren’t left on display.

Detective Inspector Warren Atkinson said: “We’ve had another busy week in West Lancashire.

“Our main focus has been on the indecent exposure case in Aughton and the brawl in Ormskirk, during which a Skelmersdale man was injured.

“However we’ve also been doing a lot of high visibility activity in Skelmersdale and have stopped several cars in the past week from entering the town after we believed the occupants to be suspicious, with no business being in the area.

“We’re committed to disrupting gang activity and drug dealing and the further arrests this week are encouraging.

“It was unfortunate to see cars broken into over the weekend and can I remind all car owners to be vigilant and make sure your vehicle is locked and secure and no valuables left on display.

“If you see anybody acting suspicious or have any information to offer in relation to any of these incidents please call 101 or alternatively contact Crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“The Digmoor NHPT also seized another off-road bike at around 3pm on Sunday. The bike was being ridden around the Carfield, Brierfield and Castlehey estates.

“If you are currently experiencing problems with off-road bikes, please contact your local NHPT team and they will try and assist as best as they can to get rid of the nuisance.”