A ST HELENS man was among five people arrested when officers seized two handguns, cash and suspected drugs during raids across Merseyside.

Warrants were executed by North West Regional Organised Crime Unit in connection with suspected drug supply and money laundering.

Police went through doors at six addresses in St Helens, Tuebrook, Everton and Liverpool City Centre.

Officers confirmed the St Helens address was in Windle. 

A further three warrants were carried out  on Monday, in Old Swan, Wavertree and Everton, resulting in the recovery of two handguns and the seizure of a large quantity of cash.

A 36-year-old man from St Helens, a 56-year-old man from Tuebrook and two men, aged 36 and 41, from Liverpool city centre were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A controlled drugs. 

A 31-year-old man from Everton was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm without a certificate, possession of ammunition without a certificate and conspiracy to supply cocaine. All have been taken to police stations and will be questioned.

Detective Inspector Nick Hughes said: “This activity comes as part of an ongoing investigation into suspected cocaine supply across the UK.

“I want to reassure those who have seen activity this morning in their areas that we will continue to proactively target those we suspect of supplying drugs in the north west and beyond.

“Come forward with what you know and, working alongside our local forces and partners, the appropriate action will be taken.

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"I would encourage anyone with information on serious and organised crime across the region to speak to your local force or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."