Posted: Fri 16th Oct 2020

Updated: Fri 16th Oct

North Wales and Merseyside police join forces in hi visibility operation targeting criminal activity in Deeside

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales

Police have carried out a hi-visibility operation in Deeside today targeting County Lines drug dealing, anti-social behaviour and other criminality.

Officers from North Wales Police were joined by counterparts from Merseyside who made several arrests and seized a number of vehicles.

The Flintshire policing team said tonight, “Working closely with our colleagues from Merseyside Police as part of Operation Overlord, today we have had a proactive day of action, utilizing plain clothed officers, the drone unit and the roads policing teams to target Class A drug dealers and Crime Groups from Merseyside. There have been over 50 Officers working on todays Operation between the two Forces and there have been numerous seizures of drugs, cash, phones and vehicles.”

Officer briefing earlier today

Sgt Steve Lloyd added, “It has been another successful day working closely ( but not too closely! 😷 ) with our colleagues from Merseyside Police. 4 arrests have been made and over 20 stop searches were conducted, recovering drugs and stolen property. Just as drug dealers don’t have boundaries, neither do we!”

The police drone that was used

A large number of police officers were seen in the Shotton and Garden City’s areas of Deeside.

North Wales Police District Inspector Gareth Cust said: “The operation in the Deeside area carried out today was conducted with Merseyside Police alongside North Flintshire Neighbourhood Officers and North Wales Police Interceptor Team.”

“We targeted those involved in County Lines activity, ASB and criminality in the area, on and off the roads.”

“We have seized a number of vehicles, made several arrests and conducted numerous stop searches.”

“This is our continued commitment to address these issues locally and make North Wales the safest place to live in the UK.”

If you have any information about criminal activity in your area it can be passed to North Wales Police direct via the web live chat or by phoning 101

If you would rather remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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