Police have arrested six males and recovered weapons and a cannabis farm at an address in Garston yesterday (Monday 19 April).
At around 8.10pm police executed a warrant at an address on Earp Street, Garston.
On searching the premises police found a sawn off shotgun, a replica handgun and a machete.
A cannabis farm with approximately 100 plants spread across two rooms was also recovered. This was made safe by the Cannabis Dismantling Team.
Six men: two aged 33 and 27 from Runcorn, two aged 30 and 25 of no fixed address, one aged 30 from Rainhill and one aged 22 from Everton were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and cannabis production.
All six men have been taken into custody for questioning.
Detective Chief Inspector Matt Smith said: “This latest significant recovery means there are fewer weapons on our streets that could be used to cause fear, intimidation or harm.
“The force is committed to tackling those involved in serious organised crime, particularly those involved in gun and drug crime, and has dedicated significant resources into taking weapons and offenders off our streets.
“I would urge anyone who has any information on gun crime and the misery it can cause communities to come forward and let us know. Information from those communities affected makes a big difference, so if you know where dangerous weapons are being stored, carried or used, let us know and we will take positive action.”
Always call 999 if a crime is in progress, or pass information via @MerPolCC, 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Some of the signs that cannabis is being grown are:
• Strange smells and sounds
• Frequent and varied visitors to a property, often at unusual times
• Gardening equipment being taken into a property, such as plant pots, fertiliser, fans and industrial lighting
• Windows are sealed and covered or the curtains are permanently closed
• Heat from an adjoining property
• Birds gathering on a roof in cold weather
• Individually these activities may seem commonplace, however, together may indicate something more suspicious