UPDATED: 14 arrests as police raid homes across Bolton in organised crime crackdown

The Bolton News: Police arresting a suspected criminal in this morning's raids Police arresting a suspected criminal in this morning's raids

CRIME bosses “who drive around in big cars bought with large amounts of cash” have been targeted by police as part of a crackdown on drugs and money laundering.

Police said they were going after “upper tier criminals who think they are invincible”.

Now a home in Chew Moor, Westhoughton, and one in Kearsley have been raided by police as part of an operation involving about 200 officers.

Dawn raids were carried out in Bolton, Bury, Wigan, Salford and Skelmersdale, Lancashire at 6.15am yesterday.

Ch Supt Mary Doyle said: “The message for residents is absolutely one of reassurance. These crimes have a massive impact on the community.

“These people profit from the misery of others. These are the people who are the upper tier. They are unemployed and buy big cars with large amounts of cash.

“It must be frustrating for ordinary working class people who work hard to bring their families up. People involved in these crimes should know that we will keep coming and will come after them.”

Nine men and three women were arrested. Further homes were searched following the initial arrests.

The operation was part of Project Gulf, which was set up to combat serious organised crime.

It was launched three years ago and involves investigating every aspect of a criminal’s life including their business interests, benefits, housing and associates.

The team is made up of police, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, UK Border Agency, Environment Agency, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, DVLA, Department of Work and Pensions, Security Industry Association, Housing and HM Revenue and Customs.

Ch Supt Doyle added: “It is important for us to target criminal gangs. They are a scourge on our communities.

"They target the vulnerable and we have seen the violence that can result from it. We have seen how these people supply drugs.

"They deal in misery and we have seen how it spills out on to the streets. It’s just not acceptable.”

She said people at the high end of such crimes often think they are “invincible” and cannot be caught. She warned that more raids would follow.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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10:45am Tue 17 Dec 13

Donkey Stone says...

It makes little difference. As soon as some are locked up they are replaced within a couple of days and the trade carries on.This is the police and other agencies "sabre rattling" nothing more.
It makes little difference. As soon as some are locked up they are replaced within a couple of days and the trade carries on.This is the police and other agencies "sabre rattling" nothing more. Donkey Stone

12:19pm Tue 17 Dec 13

The Righteous One says...

12 last week and 12 this week - at this rate there will soon be enough space on the morning trains!!!
12 last week and 12 this week - at this rate there will soon be enough space on the morning trains!!! The Righteous One

12:30pm Tue 17 Dec 13

boltonnut says...

Why always 12?Two weeks ago the police arrested 12 suspects,Last week another 12 were nabbed, now once again we have the magic number.I can only imagine that with the state of the economony the arrests are cheaper by the dozen.In the case of some of the food outlets it should be a "bakers" dozen.Keep up the good work,12 x 12 = a score.
Why always 12?Two weeks ago the police arrested 12 suspects,Last week another 12 were nabbed, now once again we have the magic number.I can only imagine that with the state of the economony the arrests are cheaper by the dozen.In the case of some of the food outlets it should be a "bakers" dozen.Keep up the good work,12 x 12 = a score. boltonnut

12:57pm Tue 17 Dec 13

boltonnut says...

The English police have to be the most polite police in the world,they approach houses in flood light conditions (so they won't trample the flowers) address the "bad guys" come out now please,we are not leaving till you do.One of the pictures has a caption "police smash down door",the door seems in perfectly good shape to me,maybe the police are accompanied by council maintainance staff who fix things up.All in all I think it was a FAIR cop.By the way Rightious one I didn't Barrow your "12 thing"you must have posted a second before me.On the 12th day of Chritmas la la la la la la.
The English police have to be the most polite police in the world,they approach houses in flood light conditions (so they won't trample the flowers) address the "bad guys" come out now please,we are not leaving till you do.One of the pictures has a caption "police smash down door",the door seems in perfectly good shape to me,maybe the police are accompanied by council maintainance staff who fix things up.All in all I think it was a FAIR cop.By the way Rightious one I didn't Barrow your "12 thing"you must have posted a second before me.On the 12th day of Chritmas la la la la la la. boltonnut

12:59pm Tue 17 Dec 13

The Righteous One says...

boltonnut wrote:
The English police have to be the most polite police in the world,they approach houses in flood light conditions (so they won't trample the flowers) address the "bad guys" come out now please,we are not leaving till you do.One of the pictures has a caption "police smash down door",the door seems in perfectly good shape to me,maybe the police are accompanied by council maintainance staff who fix things up.All in all I think it was a FAIR cop.By the way Rightious one I didn't Barrow your "12 thing"you must have posted a second before me.On the 12th day of Chritmas la la la la la la.
no worries, Bolton nut - but is does seem a coincidence that it always 12 arrests!
[quote][p][bold]boltonnut[/bold] wrote: The English police have to be the most polite police in the world,they approach houses in flood light conditions (so they won't trample the flowers) address the "bad guys" come out now please,we are not leaving till you do.One of the pictures has a caption "police smash down door",the door seems in perfectly good shape to me,maybe the police are accompanied by council maintainance staff who fix things up.All in all I think it was a FAIR cop.By the way Rightious one I didn't Barrow your "12 thing"you must have posted a second before me.On the 12th day of Chritmas la la la la la la.[/p][/quote]no worries, Bolton nut - but is does seem a coincidence that it always 12 arrests! The Righteous One

1:06pm Tue 17 Dec 13

mr.mark.c says...

Its 14 not 12
Its 14 not 12 mr.mark.c

3:48pm Tue 17 Dec 13

cadaws says...

Prohibition does not work. Legalise everything and take the crime away from it. People will take drugs no matter what and the law creates the black market. Sounds radical? anyone got any better ideas?
Prohibition does not work. Legalise everything and take the crime away from it. People will take drugs no matter what and the law creates the black market. Sounds radical? anyone got any better ideas? cadaws

4:35pm Tue 17 Dec 13

The Righteous One says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
Its 14 not 12
It was 12 at whilst I was on lunch between midday and 1pm
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: Its 14 not 12[/p][/quote]It was 12 at whilst I was on lunch between midday and 1pm The Righteous One

4:55pm Tue 17 Dec 13

mr.mark.c says...

The Righteous One wrote:
mr.mark.c wrote:
Its 14 not 12
It was 12 at whilst I was on lunch between midday and 1pm
Pesky editor
[quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: Its 14 not 12[/p][/quote]It was 12 at whilst I was on lunch between midday and 1pm[/p][/quote]Pesky editor mr.mark.c

6:11pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Zain Khan says...

This time its white gangs/filth in kearsley and no mention of race, religion or colour you racist hypocrites!!!
This time its white gangs/filth in kearsley and no mention of race, religion or colour you racist hypocrites!!! Zain Khan

8:17pm Tue 17 Dec 13

BWFC71 says...

Zain Khan wrote:
This time its white gangs/filth in kearsley and no mention of race, religion or colour you racist hypocrites!!!
OI!!! Watch it matey, not all posters on here succumb to dishing out racial abuse - there are 3 (which is Mark C, Myself and me-The Righteous One) that hate it being posted as well!!!
[quote][p][bold]Zain Khan[/bold] wrote: This time its white gangs/filth in kearsley and no mention of race, religion or colour you racist hypocrites!!![/p][/quote]OI!!! Watch it matey, not all posters on here succumb to dishing out racial abuse - there are 3 (which is Mark C, Myself and me-The Righteous One) that hate it being posted as well!!! BWFC71

8:38pm Tue 17 Dec 13

longballs r us says...

Zain Khan, you need to be very careful as not everybody jumps on the racial bandwagon. You will always get a few who only comment if there is a story related to Asians.

Totally agree with BWFC71.
Zain Khan, you need to be very careful as not everybody jumps on the racial bandwagon. You will always get a few who only comment if there is a story related to Asians. Totally agree with BWFC71. longballs r us

9:04pm Tue 17 Dec 13

George X says...

Yes there are some on here who tell it like it is and then there are those who seem to live in an alternate universe, either that or they never step out of there front door !!
Yes there are some on here who tell it like it is and then there are those who seem to live in an alternate universe, either that or they never step out of there front door !! George X

1:56pm Wed 18 Dec 13

mr.mark.c says...

Zain Khan wrote:
This time its white gangs/filth in kearsley and no mention of race, religion or colour you racist hypocrites!!!
One property in Kearsley, 17 in other areas.
[quote][p][bold]Zain Khan[/bold] wrote: This time its white gangs/filth in kearsley and no mention of race, religion or colour you racist hypocrites!!![/p][/quote]One property in Kearsley, 17 in other areas. mr.mark.c

5:38pm Wed 18 Dec 13

getajob123 says...

in the manchester evening news it hints that these criminals were the bosses of the 12 heroin dealers caught a few days ago............. hahahaha looks like there really is no loyalty among the old criminal network in bolton......... haha i bet the losers sang like birds !!!!
in the manchester evening news it hints that these criminals were the bosses of the 12 heroin dealers caught a few days ago............. hahahaha looks like there really is no loyalty among the old criminal network in bolton......... haha i bet the losers sang like birds !!!! getajob123

5:43pm Wed 18 Dec 13

getajob123 says...

and where are all these cars ??? the 1st story stated big 50 grand cars bought with cash............ first of all thats illegal, anything over 10k cash in car dealerships and they have to notify the inland revenue but most specify 6 or 8 k as a maximum............ 2nd the pictures of this 50k car were a old shape 3 series bmw ( in the manchester news )............ that must be worth about 8k ??? 10k at most ???.......... is this a slight exaggeration to make these people look like crime bosses when really they are just low level dealers ???? probably ...................
and where are all these cars ??? the 1st story stated big 50 grand cars bought with cash............ first of all thats illegal, anything over 10k cash in car dealerships and they have to notify the inland revenue but most specify 6 or 8 k as a maximum............ 2nd the pictures of this 50k car were a old shape 3 series bmw ( in the manchester news )............ that must be worth about 8k ??? 10k at most ???.......... is this a slight exaggeration to make these people look like crime bosses when really they are just low level dealers ???? probably ................... getajob123

7:53pm Wed 18 Dec 13

boltonnut says...

Zain Khan wrote:
This time its white gangs/filth in kearsley and no mention of race, religion or colour you racist hypocrites!!!
This is what I mean by double standards,if I had made a similar comment about brown filth, race or religion I would be warned even banished from this site but Saj,Khan and a few others get away with all kinds of racist crap.There is no mention of race or religion in these comments as far as I can see.Your comments only goes to prove that you don't have to be white to be a racist.
[quote][p][bold]Zain Khan[/bold] wrote: This time its white gangs/filth in kearsley and no mention of race, religion or colour you racist hypocrites!!![/p][/quote]This is what I mean by double standards,if I had made a similar comment about brown filth, race or religion I would be warned even banished from this site but Saj,Khan and a few others get away with all kinds of racist crap.There is no mention of race or religion in these comments as far as I can see.Your comments only goes to prove that you don't have to be white to be a racist. boltonnut

7:59pm Wed 18 Dec 13

boltonnut says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
Its 14 not 12
For those of us who rise early the number was 12,for those who lie in bed till noon the number could quite well have been 14.
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: Its 14 not 12[/p][/quote]For those of us who rise early the number was 12,for those who lie in bed till noon the number could quite well have been 14. boltonnut

9:04pm Wed 18 Dec 13

getajob123 says...

Zain Khan wrote:
This time its white gangs/filth in kearsley and no mention of race, religion or colour you racist hypocrites!!!
wow

someones got a big racist chip on his poor/unemployed/thic
k shoulder

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
[quote][p][bold]Zain Khan[/bold] wrote: This time its white gangs/filth in kearsley and no mention of race, religion or colour you racist hypocrites!!![/p][/quote]wow someones got a big racist chip on his poor/unemployed/thic k shoulder awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww getajob123

11:29pm Wed 18 Dec 13

mr.mark.c says...

boltonnut wrote:
mr.mark.c wrote:
Its 14 not 12
For those of us who rise early the number was 12,for those who lie in bed till noon the number could quite well have been 14.
For those that do not have time in the morning and can only look at the news at lunch it was 14.
What is your point?
[quote][p][bold]boltonnut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: Its 14 not 12[/p][/quote]For those of us who rise early the number was 12,for those who lie in bed till noon the number could quite well have been 14.[/p][/quote]For those that do not have time in the morning and can only look at the news at lunch it was 14. What is your point? mr.mark.c

11:31pm Wed 18 Dec 13

mr.mark.c says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
boltonnut wrote:
mr.mark.c wrote:
Its 14 not 12
For those of us who rise early the number was 12,for those who lie in bed till noon the number could quite well have been 14.
For those that do not have time in the morning and can only look at the news at lunch it was 14.
What is your point?
Also the article was posted at 10:25am Tuesday 17th December 2013
Get a job
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boltonnut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: Its 14 not 12[/p][/quote]For those of us who rise early the number was 12,for those who lie in bed till noon the number could quite well have been 14.[/p][/quote]For those that do not have time in the morning and can only look at the news at lunch it was 14. What is your point?[/p][/quote]Also the article was posted at 10:25am Tuesday 17th December 2013 Get a job mr.mark.c

11:36pm Wed 18 Dec 13

mr.mark.c says...

The irony is good Bolton wingnut, you posted 12:30pm Tue 17 Dec
Did you watch Jeremy Kyle before posting ?
The irony is good Bolton wingnut, you posted 12:30pm Tue 17 Dec Did you watch Jeremy Kyle before posting ? mr.mark.c

5:40pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Dr Martin says...

but at least they are trying which is fine by me
but at least they are trying which is fine by me Dr Martin

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