Riot police in drugs raid

Police tactical aid unit vans during a raid in Marsh Green
Police tactical aid unit vans during a raid in Marsh Green

POLICE made two arrests following a drugs raid at a Wigan home.

More than a dozen officers from the force’s crack Tactical Aid Unit were called to a property on Marsh Green - near the road’s junction with Scot Lane - at about 9am on Wednesday.

A 52-year-old man and 24-year-old woman were both arrested at the scene and subsequently held for questioning.

For operational reasons a force spokesman declined to reveal what the duo had been arrested on suspicion of - simply saying that they were both held as part of an “ongoing investigation”.

He did, however, admit that both arrests were made following the execution of a drugs warrant.

Three Tactical Aid Unit police vans remained outside the property for more than an hour on Wednesday (August 7).

The specialist unit has previously been utilised in crowd control scenarios, including the 2001 Oldham race riots, the 2008 UEFA Cup final riots and the 2011 England riots, which affected Salford and Manchester city centre.

The latest raid followed a series of drugs warrants in Scholes on July 31 and August 1 as part of the multi-agency crackdown Operation Spetsai.

It is unclear at this stage whether the latest raid is linked.

Following the Scholes raids John Crossland, 38, of Linney Square, was charged with possession of a class A drug and class B drug.

Six others were arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs and abstracting electricity. Three were later bailed, two were cautioned and one was released without


Police Sergeant Adam Wall said: “We are determined to clamp down on the supply of drugs following concerns from the community.

“We work closely with our partners and would warn those responsible for such behaviour we will take every opportunity to remove them from the community.”

Chief Inspector Ian Whitehead added: “Following the weekend’s activity we’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response from members of the public and continue to have a large scale reassurance operation in place, supported by more than 200 house visits to help engage with the community.

“I’d also urge people to follow us on our Facebook page, which is another tool we are continuing to use.”