Jan 31 2013 by Rob Pattinson, Ormskirk Advertiser
POLICE raided a number of homes in Ormskirk were raided after concerns were raised over drug dealing in the town.
Four men were arrested last Thursday (January 24) after warrants were executed under the Misuse of Drugs Act at three addresses on Burscough Street, Thompson Avenue and Lea Crescent.
Several packets of suspected cocaine were found in the property on Burscough Street.
The four men – a 25-year-old, a 29-year-old, a 32-year-old and a 22-year-old – were all arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.
A fifth man was arrested on Friday in a second day of coordinated early morning raids.
A warrant was executed at an address in Hawthorne Crescent, Skelmersdale, and a 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of cocaine.
Police also attended at an address in Sefton Drive, Ormskirk.
The arrests were made as part of Operation Nimrod raids to target drug dealing activity, carried out in response to concerns from the community.
Insp Graham Coates, from Lancashire Police, said: “This second day of activity again highlights the fact that we are committed to taking Class A drugs off our streets.
“Local residents have raised concerns about drug dealing in Ormskirk and Skelmersdale and we have taken action against those believed to be responsible.
“We need the public to continue to work with us to help us tackle drug crime by informing us of any suspicious activity.”
Cllr David Sudworth, West Lancashire Borough Council portfolio holder for community safety, attended the Friday raids.
He said: “I was pleased to be able to join the police on their operations in West Lancashire.
“Drugs cause misery to whole communities and wreck lives. I am delighted the police are continuing to crack down hard on this, and they have this council's full support.
“As a council, we will continue to work closely with the police and other partners to make West Lancashire as safe as possible.”
The five men arrested in the raids have now been released on police bail until April 18.