Raids target suspected diesel thieves

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SEVEN suspected diesel thieves were arrested following a string of police raids across St Helens on Friday (February 10).

Officers from Merseyside Police and the North West Regional Orgnaised Crime Unit (Titan) executed warrants at nine addresses across the town throughout the morning.

Seven men were subsequently arrested on suspicion of theft of diesel and a quantity of diesel was seized.

Six of the men, aged 20, 26, 27, 32, 39 and 46, hail from St Helens. The other suspect, aged 26, hails from Huyton.

All seven were then taken to police stations on Merseyside for questioning by detectives.

Chief Superintendent Rob Carden, St Helens Police’s area commander, said: “The raids this morning are the culmination of an investigation into the theft of diesel and cars across the north west.

“We would like to reassure residents that we have listened and acted upon their concerns and will continue to take action against those prepared to threaten the safety of our communities by their criminality.

“We remain committed to working with our partners to ensuring that these individuals are put behind bars and to making sure that St Helens is a safe place to live, work and visit.”

Anyone with information about the theft of diesel is asked to call Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.