Two streets targeted in crackdown
Police raids in Old SwanTwenty four properties in Old Swan were visited
Two Liverpool streets have been targeted in raids by police in a crackdown on anti-social behaviour.
Three properties in Old Swan were raided on Friday by officers investigating alleged drug dealing.
Officers from the Department of Work and Pensions, Customs & Excise, the Environment Agency and the RSPCA then visited 21 other addresses.
Six people were arrested during the raids and were held on offences including possession of firearms.
The raids were carried out in response to community concerns over anti-social behaviour.
Supt John Myles said: "The anti-social behaviour taskforce has waged a war on anti-social behaviour, as part of Merseyside Police's war against crime."
Crackdown on neighbourhood yobs
A new "Total Policing" initiative from Merseyside Police is declaring war on anti-social behaviour (ASB).
The new ASB task force will see officers from all force departments unite with fire investigators and the Crown Prosecution Service.
The aim is to use civil and criminal law to hit those who make living in certain neighbourhoods a misery.
Powers include seizing uninsured cars, evicting criminal families and issuing Asbos (Anti-social behaviour orders).
This combined team of over 130 will be led by Superintendent John Myles and Divisional Fire Officer Chris Case.
It will utilise the latest law enforcement technology, including automatic number plate recognition, CCTV "head-cams" and metal-detecting gloves.
There will also be low-level surveillance and other methods of intelligence-gathering.
Searches have been carried out at sites in Manchester, Liverpool, Ellesmere Port, Sheffield and Kent.
The operation, headed by Merseyside Police, also involved the Department for Work and Pensions and the UK Immigration Service.
In total, 10 out of the 14 premises raided, were restaurants.