EIGHT men arrested in connection with burglary and thefts across Cheshire and Merseyside have released pending further investigation.

Warrants were executed simultaneously at addresses in Widnes and St Helens at around 8am on Wednesday, June 3.

Eight men – two 18-year-olds and the others aged 24, 25, 29, 30, 50 and 58 – were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit theft and burglary.

They have now been released released on conditional bail pending further enquiries.

Detective Inspector Ian Whiley, of Widnes Local Policing Unit (LPU), said: “The raids – six in Widnes and one in St Helens – were carried out as part of Cheshire Constabulary’s ongoing mission to bring those involved in serious and organised crime to justice.

“They followed extensive enquiries regarding a number of burglaries and thefts across Cheshire and Merseyside.

“Officers from Widnes LPU have been gathering evidence and intelligence behind the scenes and the extensive work has now led to eight men being arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglaries and thefts.

“I hope that this operation reassures communities that we are committed to doing all we can to tackle this type of criminality.”

The raids were conducted by Widnes LPU officers, in collaboration with Halton Borough Council as part of the Safer Halton Partnership.

Officers have carried out extensive searches of all the addresses.

They have seized two vehicles that are believed to have been used to commit crimes.

Officers have also seized what is believed to be stolen property.