Four other suspects named after raids in Merseyside.


Last week police charged 11 people with conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs after a series of raids in Sefton and Liverpool.

Other suspects were named by police in connection with the raids in Formby and Southport.

It comes after a series of raids in Liverpool, Sefton and Lancashire

You can hear an officer shouting: “Police!” when a door is broken open during the raids, which were mainly in Southport but also included a property in Formby and another in the Old Swan area of Liverpool.

The police released video footage of the operation, which involved officers on 11 properties in Sefton.

Police said that cannabis and bundles of cash were seized during the operation.

The second phase of the police operation took place on Monday when four raids were carried out in Sefton and Lancashire.

The operation was part of an ongoing campaign by Merseyside Police to combat drug trafficking.

Today officers announced that four more people were charged after further raids were carried out.

Wilding was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and conspiracy to supply Class B drugs between 1 July 2018 and 23 October 2020.

Two other people – Cara Wilding, 22, and Patrick Hill, 37, from The Larches, Hawarden, Flintshire, were also later arrested.

Hill and Wilding were also charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs between August 1, 2020 and September 22, 2020.

Brandon Culshaw, 22, of Blackgate Lane, Tarleton, and Stuart Stirling, 26, of Canning Road, Southport, were also charged with conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs.

Phillip Taylor, 36, of Station Road, Banks, James Nixon, 46, of Old School Close, Banks and Will Gardner, 24, of Hoghton Street, Southport, were all arrested and charged with conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs between July 1, 2018 and October 23, 2020.

A 33-year-old man was released as part of an investigation.

“We fully understand the scourge that drug trafficking and related gang crime represents in our communities and we are determined to eradicate it”.

He added: “We have spent a lot of time gathering information and intelligence so that we can take this action today to free the streets from class A and B drugs and the people who sell and distribute them.

After the first phase of the raids, Sefton Superintendent Graeme Robson said: “I want our communities to know that even during a pandemic, our work does not stop – it is really business as usual when it comes to taking action against criminals and bringing them to justice.


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