10 people have been arrested and around £30,000 cash has been seized during a number of early morning drug raids across Greater Manchester and the North West.
In what is as part of the ongoing ‘Operation Heartwood’ – which targets the supply of drugs across the North of England – Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has this week confirmed that officers broke down the doors of 13 properties in Middleton, Heywood and North Manchester, as well as in Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
The raids were said to have taken place at 6am on Wednesday (27 July).
During the successful raids, a total of 10 men, all between the ages of 34 and 54, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
They were taken into custody, where they remain for questioning, GMP confirmed.
“We’re really pleased with the result from warrants executed by our Serious and Organised Crime Group, across three counties,” said Detective Inspector Justin Bryant, of GMPs Serious and Organised Crime Group.
“Operation Heartwood was launched in response to intelligence received about an organised crime group based in Middleton, who we discovered to be running a large scale drugs conspiracy from several addresses in the area [and] as a result of the investigation, three people have already been arrested and subsequently charged with drug supply offences and we will continue to work until every member of this crime group is brought to justice.
“As well as the arrests made, we also seized approximately £30,000 in cash, as well as high value jewellery and a cash counting machine.”
“I hope these arrests will reassure the public that we are committed to making our local communities safer for everyone by disrupting this type of serious criminality,” he continued.
“We understand the impact that drug dealing has on our communities and it won’t be tolerated.”
GMP says it welcomes and relies on information from the public “to help us to disrupt crime”, so anyone with any information is encouraged to contact 101, use the Live Chat facility here, or alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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A Japanese fine dining restaurant is opening in the former Randall & Aubin site
A new Japanese fine dining restaurant will open on Bridge Street in Manchester this October, bringing a theatrical ‘multi-sensory’ dining experience to the city.
Giving diners the chance to dine from specially created 7 and 11-course tasting menus or opt for a traditional ‘chef’s choice’ experience at its six-seat Omakase counter, bosses say it will offer a contemporary interpretation of Japanese dishes currently not seen outside of London.
Called MUSU, which translates as ‘infinite possibilities,’ the restaurant is the brainchild of Chef Patron Michael Shaw, who has worked at top eateries including Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons and Richard Neat’s eponymous restaurant in Canne.
Shaw has spent the last 18 months honing his passion for Japanese cuisine in preparation to open MUSU and will bring on Head Sushi Chef Andre Aguiar, who has trained under renowned Japanese sushi master YugoKato, to head up the kitchen.
When MUSU it opens its doors on Bridge Street on 6 October, diners will be treated to a new tasting menu concept that promises to deliver a ‘multi-sensory dining experience.’
Its menu is divided into three sections – Sentaku, Kaiseki and Omakase – giving diners the choice between ordering dishes a la carte style, opting for a set seven or eleven-course tasting menu, or entrusting the chef to create their ‘perfect menu.’
As for the new high-end Japanese restaurant’s design, MUSU’s multi-million-pound interiors will boast bespoke Italian furniture, subtle mood lighting and bespoke Geisha-inspired walls, with a bar made from Dekton stone, banana leaf patterned brass and onyx.