Two more arrests in East Lancashire as part of Operation Vanquish

Friday, December 10, 2021

Another two people have been arrested following more raids in East Lancashire today as part of Operation Vanquish.

​Officers have this morning (December 10) raided address in Piccadilly Road and Constable Avenue in Burnley, and Barbon Street, Padiham in a series of co-ordinated drugs raids.

​Following the discovery of suspected crack cocaine and cannabis at an address in Burnley, a 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A and class C drugs.

​A 50-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of possession of class B and class C drugs and after a warrant was executed at an address in Padiham.

​Both suspects remain in custody at this time.

​Other items seized during today’s searches included a knuckle duster, four BB guns, an air rifle, knives, swords, a cross bow and more than £1000 cash.

This follows yesterday’s warrants in Blackburn, Darwen, Colne and Nelson as part of our continued crime crackdown across the county aimed at tackling the crime issues that matter most to our communities.

​Earlier in the week officers also carried out raids in Blackpool, Lancaster, Morecambe and Preston targeting those suspected of being involved in the supply of illegal drugs.

​Ch Supt Mark Winstanley, East Division Commander for Lancashire Police said: “Today’s raids were part of our continued dedication to disrupting and dismantling organised crime groups as part of our policing operation aimed at keeping you and your local area safe.

​Residents in East Lancashire are at the heart of everything we do; from working with partners to protect vulnerable people to dedicated neighbourhood policing teams focused on local issues. We are taking positive action with those who break the law, and cause anti-social behaviour in our communities.

​“Intelligence from the public and their ongoing support has helped us to make today’s and yesterday’s activity possible, so thank you. We will continue to listen to you, as we work together to keep East Lancashire a safe place to be.”

​More work is planned in the coming weeks including dozens more warrants, along with community engagement activity, traffic enforcement and crime prevention work, all designed to disrupt and deter criminal activity and keep the county’s people and communities safe.

​Operation Vanquish is ongoing. Anyone with any information which may assist officers in their pledge to combat crime, can speak to a local officer, report information online at or call 101.

​Independent charity Crimestoppers can also be contacted free and in confidence on 0800 555 111.


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