POLICE have charged three men in connection with a series of "high-value" residential burglaries across the North West.

Officers launched 'Operation Coliseum' following the break-ins, whick took place in the early part of 2021.

Ten of the burglaries were committed in the Merseyside area, 17 in the Lancashire area, seven in the Cheshire area and one offence in both North Wales and Norfolk. In addition, the Lancashire offences also included a number of firearms related matters.

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Adam Hastings, 30, originally from the Netherton area, Shaun Rimmer, 28, originally from the Netherton area and Callum Martin, 32, originally from the Bootle area, but all of no fixed address, were charged with conspiracy to burgle dwelling houses between January 2021 and April 2021 and unlawful possession of shotguns in relation to a Lancashire burglary.

Hastings and Rimmer were also charged with theft of a motor vehicle in relation to one of the burglaries in Cheshire.

They will appear at Liverpool, Knowsley and St Helens Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, June 7.