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Three arrested following morning warrants in Ashton and Oldham

Three people were arrested on Wednesday, as Operation Challenger conducted a warrant apiece in Ashton and Oldham.

The early wake-up calls on Laburnum Avenue in Ashton and Taurus Street, Oldham were part of the ongoing GMP operation, which sees officers tackle serious organised crime across each of Greater Manchester’s districts.

Two men, aged 24 and 26, and one woman, aged 21, were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of cannabis. They remain in custody for questioning.

In Oldham, officers seized a small quantity of cannabis, and approximately £3,000 in cash. The disruption work ensures that officers make their presence in the community known and remind those suspected of being involved in criminality that they can expect a knock at the door.

Sergeant Ian Parker, from GMP’s Challenger team, said: “If we receive information about criminality in our community, we will always act. In this case, it was a nice early morning knock-on for the residents.

“While not everything will result in the hugest finds, it all counts towards the greater intelligence picture, which helps us keep tackling criminality day-in, day-out. Our work is vital to ensuring that we get drugs and dangerous criminals off the street and prevent them from causing harm in our towns.

“I have a simple message to the people of Tameside and Oldham: if you have a concern, please do tell us. Lots of people coming and going from a house, or suspicious behaviour that you think is just plain wrong - if you tell us, we can begin to put together the appropriate response and act on it when necessary.

“If you have any information, you can report it to us by calling 101, via gmp.police.uk, or by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”

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