Class A drugs crackdown continues as police arrest seven during dawn raids in Trafford and South Manchester

By Phil Jones

Seven suspected drug dealers were arrested this morning in relation to the supply of Class A substances in Trafford and South Manchester.

Shortly after 8am, members of the community attended raids in the area to see first-hand the actions being taken to reduce drug crime.

Superintendent Simon Retford said the executed warrants, part of Operation Clarins, were aimed at keeping the community safe from harm caused by drugs related crime and anti-social behaviour.

“I want to reassure the community that Greater Manchester Police, supported by colleagues from Trafford Council, has taken this latest action as a direct response to community concerns around illegal drugs supply, and related crime and disorder,” he said.

“We will continue to work with local communities to respond positively to these concerns.”

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) will have an increased presence in the area today, with information being provided to residents explain the day’s events.

Executive member for safe, strong communities at Trafford Council, Councillor Jonathan Coupe, reassured the Trafford community on the borough’s safety and said the council will continue to work with GMP.

“Those who choose to deal drugs within our communities should be warned that we will find them, we will prosecute them, and we will ensure they face the consequences of their actions,” he said.

GMP stated their intention to work closely with its partners to support those affected by drugs related crime.

Anyone seeking help for drugs abuse can speak to the Drugs Treatment Service on 0161 253 6488.

Anyone with information about those involved in drug-related activity in their area should call police on 101, or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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