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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 January, 2005, 10:52 GMT
Nine arrests after firearm raids
Nine people have been arrested in a major crackdown on gun related crime.

Officers from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) raided 16 addresses across the region on Thursday morning, as part of Operation Breakthrough.

The raids were part of the GMP's wider campaign which targets people suspected of being involved in firearms offences.

One hundred officers executed search warrants at addresses in north and south Manchester and Trafford. A gun and some ammunition were seized.

'Strong message'

Seven people were arrested in the raids, two other people, who are currently in prison, were also arrested.

Three of the men are being questioned on suspicion of attempted murder, two have been arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm and another is being questioned about an assault.

Supt David Keller said those who had been arrested were suspected of being involved in a number of serious firearms incidents including the theft of cars at gunpoint.

He said the police wanted to send a strong message to those involved in gun crime that their actions would not be tolerated.


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