ARRESTS MADE AFTER WARRANTS ISSUED ACROSS SALFORD WHICH UNCOVERED DRUGS AND WEAPONS
Five people have been arrested after police executed warrants in Salford.
On Wednesday 23 December 2020, officers searched five properties as part of an investigation into the supply of drugs.
Two men, aged 24 and 55, and a 17-year-old girl were arrested on suspicion of drug offences. Two men, aged 19 and 21, were arrested on suspicion of firearm offences. They remain in police custody for questioning.
Suspected class A and B drugs, a taser, CS gas as well as offensive weapons and a large quantity of cash were seized.
Enquires are ongoing.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Jones, of GMP's Salford district, said:
"Officers from specialist teams across Greater Manchester Police executed these warrants as a result of intelligence regarding the supply of drugs.
"I hope today's action gives members of the public confidence that the force is proactively investigating this type of crime to protect communities.
"I would also like to use this opportunity to say that intelligence is a key element of our investigations and encourage anyone with information about the supply of drugs or firearms to contact us or Crimestoppers."
Anyone with information should contact police or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Police are appealing for information following the rape of a woman in Salford.
At around 12.15am on Sunday 24 January 2021, police received a report that a woman had been raped in her home in the Walkden area.
An investigation was launched and enquiries have established that, between 10.30pm and 11pm on Saturday 23 January 2021, a man entered the property via an unlocked rear door and raped the female occupant.
The man is described as being white, 6ft tall, 'well built' and 35-40 years old with a ginger beard and tattoo on one of his arms. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a black baseball cap with a white tick, a blue jacket, a white t-shirt, jeans and trainers with a silver emblem.
Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Jenkins, of GMP's Salford district, said:
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 5168 quoting 61 24/01/21 or the independent charity - Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Last year, the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Economic Crime Unit recovered over £3 million for victims of fraud.
The unit focusses on getting money back for victims where they can, as well as working to educate the public on the latest scams, what to look out for and how to protect themselves and their hard earned money.
Towards the beginning of last year, when the pandemic began, the team saw a rise in scams relating to the coronavirus so worked to put out warnings on their dedicated Twitter account, as well as using posters to signpost people to information. The hub also worked with local supermarkets who were offering a delivery service to the most vulnerable, to include an information pack produced by GMP’s Economic Crime and Cyber Unit, in customer's deliveries.
The hub also includes a volunteer team – the Scambusters, who offer peer-to-peer support to those who have been a victim of fraud by giving practical help and advice to prevent them falling victim again. The team would ordinarily be based at Nexus House in Ashton-under-Lyne however, when the coronavirus restrictions were introduced, asking people to stay at home as much as possible, five of the volunteer Scambusters continued their important work by carrying out their duties from home. This resulted in 2,500 calls being made in 2020 to vulnerable members of the community and support being offered.
Detective Superintendent Estelle Mathieson, Head of GMP’s Economic Crime and Cyber Unit, said:
One of the victims the team has supported was a couple from Wales who were targeted by a fraudster thought to be living in Manchester. The couple were scammed out of their £170,000 life savings, when they responded to an email claiming to have come from their investment company asking for payment. They transferred the money however; the email had actually come from a fraudster who had changed the bank details to their own. They reported the incident, known as mandate fraud, to Action Fraud and it was passed to the GMP Economic Crime Hub, who worked with the bank to have the couples account frozen and the full amount of money recovered.The couple, who wish to stay unnamed, said:
TWO MEN ARRESTED AFTER HOUSE SEARCH IN PRESTWICH AS PART OF AN OPERATION AGAINST ORGANISED CRIME IN SALFORDBy KARL
Two men have been arrested and dozens of weapons seized from a house in Prestwich by officers dedicated to GMP's operation to tackle organised crime in Salford.
Around 45 weapons, including bladed weapons, imitation firearms and a crossbow, were recovered during a house search in the Rainsough area on Sunday afternoon.
Patrols from Operation Naseby - GMP’s dedicated operation into tackling serious and organised crime in Salford - were driving through the Swinton area on Sunday 3 January when they stopped a vehicle suspected of being involved in class A drug supply.
A 54-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
A subsequent house search in the Rainsough area of Prestwich was conducted and numerous weapons were recovered - 32 swords and knives; 12 imitation firearms; and a crossbow.
Also seized were a large quantity of class A drugs estimated to be worth between £15,000 and £20,000.
A second man - aged 55 - was also arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
Both men have been questioned by officers and released pending further enquiries.
Forensic examinations of all the items recovered by police are underway.
The work is part of Op Naseby's disruption hub - formed in April 2020 to reduce the activity of local organised crime groups.
Since the inception of the disruption hub, there have been 144 arrests, 147 vehicles recovered, and 59 house searches.
Detective Inspector Rebecca Mills, of GMP's Salford district, said:
Anyone with information is encouraged to directly contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.