A 14-YEAR-old was among the five people arrested following a series of police raids across Barnton and Hartford last week.

A quantity of drugs and weapons were seized following the warrants, as part of an investigation into the supply of class A drugs in Barnton.

Officers raided four addresses in Barnton and one address in Hartford.

Two women aged 44 and 43, a 14-year-old boy and two men aged 35 and 54 were all arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

All have since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

The raids took place after concerns were raised in the community and the addresses raided are believed to have been involved in drug activity for some time.

Police constable Terry Boyle, said: "Illegal drug activity is not welcome in our communities.

"This operation was in response to concerns from the public about drugs and associated criminal behaviour in their area.

"By acting on information provided by the public we are able to disrupt those found to be bringing misery to our neighbourhoods and hopefully bring an end to criminality in the local area.

"We will do all we can to pursue those who think they can get away with dealing illegal drugs in our community.”

Sergeant Andrew Cooper, of Northwich Beat Team, said: "The arrests are a great result for the residents of Barnton and we are sending a clear message to anyone believed to be involved in organised crime that we will do anything we can to stop you from operating in our area.

"Please know we are doing everything we can to crackdown on groups who are bringing illegal drugs into our communities and would urge anyone with any concerns to get in touch with us.

"If anyone has any information about illegal drug activity or any other criminal activity taking place in Barnton then they should report it to Cheshire Police on 101, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Alternatively, you can report information online by visiting cheshire.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime.