Cash seized, drugs confiscated and 44 arrested in week-long assault on Salford’s organised crime network

By Suraj Radia

A week-long crackdown on Salford’s organised crime produced 44 arrests for offences including possession of firearms, burglary and drug-related felonies.

More than 50 officers took part in Operation Skyhawk from February 18-24 to tackle concerns of organised crime, after it was launched in November last year.

Along with the arrests, 30 warrants were issued and police recovered firearms, cash and drugs with an estimated street value of £20,000.

Inspector Mark Coulson of the Salford East Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “The work of this operation shows our community that we take their concerns about organised crime seriously.

“We will come down hard on those people taking part in criminality.

“By working with our partners we have been able to make a difference to our communities and show the ongoing solidarity we have in the fight against organised crime.”

The scheme – in partnership with Salford City Council, among others – saw 11 vehicles seized and 58 fixed penalty notices given.

Officers also held a community briefing at Mocha Parade, Lower Broughton on February 21 in order to update attendees on recent police activity.

Inspector Coulson added: “The event was an opportunity to keep the community updated on the work we have been doing.

“It shows them that police are working hard and that they can feel safe in their area.

“By explaining the work of Operation Skyhawk, residents can tell us their concerns and feel reassured that work is being done to address them.”

Councillor David Lancaster, Salford’s Deputy City Mayor, said: “This is a great outcome for communities in Salford, showing how working in partnership delivers real results against crime.”

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