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SIX people have been charged by police after a crackdown on burglary, robbery and vehicle crime.

Police across the borough joined forces for Operation Contego, which resulted in 27 arrests and saw a Wiganer, a man from St Helens and five people from Skelmersdale charged with a variety of offences.

Lancashire Constabulary and Merseyside Police worked together with high visibility patrols, which resulted in 230 vehicles being checked. Nine vehicles were seized and 15 fixed penalty notices were issued for motoring offences.

More than 200 leaflets giving crime prevention advice were handed out, and 20 shed alarms were given to households in Up Holland.

A warrant was executed under the Theft Act at a property on Firbeck, in Skelmersdale, and a crossbow and a samurai sword were seized during the raid. A warrant was also executed under the Misuse of Drugs Act at a property on Ferndale and a small amount of cannabis was seized.

The operation ran from Monday, October 17 until Friday, October 21. Nine of the 27 arrested were charged with offences including shoplifting, drug offences and unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle.

Anyone with any information should call 0845 1 25 35 45. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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