Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has recovered £350,000-worth of drugs in raids as part of a crackdown on organised crime groups.
The force has confirmed that during the early hours of yesterday morning, officers from GMP’s Serious and Organised Crime Group executed twelve warrants across Wigan, Bolton, and Bury as part of ‘Operation Byron’ – which is one several investigations into the large-scale sale and distribution of controlled drugs in Greater Manchester.
As a result of the raids, nine people were arrested by officers on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
Eight men and one woman, all ranging in age from 19 to 51 years old, were arrested and GMP says they all remain in custody for questioning.
£350,000-worth of drugs were also recovered during the early-morning raids.
“This was a fantastic result this morning with just over £350,000 worth of drugs seized as well as cash, mobile phones and drug paraphernalia from the properties we raided,” said Detective Inspector Justin Bryant, of GMPs Serious and Organised Crime Group.
“Drugs feature across many different types of crime, from burglary and antisocial behaviour to criminal exploitation and modern day slavery, to name but a few [so] it’s a priority therefore for us to disrupt the drugs market through early intervention and diversion to stop this type of crime from ruining our communities.”
Inspector Bryant also explained that the ongoing Operation Byron was set up in 2021 and has already seen the team undertake “hours of meticulous work” to pinpoint offenders and build up enough evidence to be able to execute warrants.
These warrants help to “bring criminals to justice”.
Greater Manchester Police is urging residents across the region to remain vigilant and asks that anyone who spot somethings or has information that might help take dealers off the streets to come forward by reporting it to 101 or 999 if it’s an emergency, or calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
You can also give information via LiveChat on the GMP website here.
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A look at the plans to turn historic Ancoats mill with rich musical heritage into new apartment complex
Hodder + Partners have just revealed new CGIs and a more detailed look at the plans for their redevelopment of the longstanding Brunswick Mill in Ancoats which is set to become a brand-new apartment complex.
The proposals to turn the once creative space with decades of musical heritage into a new residential site were revealed back in 2021 and approved within just a few months, despite having been met with plenty of resistance given its history and cultural significance.
Nevertheless, Northern company Big Red Construction recently kicked off the £50+ million renovation on behalf of developer Arrowsmith Investments and the apartments are projected to be finished in 2026.
With that in mind, the architectural designers Hodder have just released a new look at what Brunswick Mill is set to look like once completed:
Set to transform the historic industrial mill-turned-creative space and music studios on the edge of New Islington into 153 new apartments, ranging from one, two and three-bedroom residences, the redevelopment will be spread across two phases.
In line with designs by Hodder + Partners, the initial phase involves converting the existing mill building and the construction of new four and seven-storey elements to accommodate the remaining 127 homes on the Bradford Road plot in Ancoats.
Big Red Construction, who are also working on the Peelers Yard building for CERT Property and Myprotein founder Oliver Cookson, are expected to complete phase one by the first quarter of 2026.
Here’s another look at what living space people are already buying up:
Along with Hodder + Partners as architects, the project team also consists of HW Consultancy who are covering structural aspects, Manchester firm Clancy for mechanical and electrical considerations, as well as AM Pyro as fire engineers.
With property company Orlando Reid serving as estate agents for the project, 42 out of the 153 apartments have already been sold off-plan, with managing director Baljit Arora describing it as “an exciting period for all parties involved and for the city of Manchester”.
This is just the latest chapter in the continued regeneration of the Ancoats and the New Islington areas, which remain two of the most heavily re-developed areas in the city centre and Greater Manchester as a whole. You can see other hot properties in and around the region HERE.