Police were today swooping on suspected burglars across Shropshire as part of a crackdown against criminals and criminal activity in the county.
Teams of detectives and uniformed officers were carrying out raids at three separate locations in Shrewsbury.
Search warrants were also being executed at addresses in Market Drayton, Whitchurch and Ludlow.
It is the latest move under Citadel, the initiative launched by West Mercia Police last month to tackle criminals, especially those who burgle homes.
Assistant Chief Constable Gareth Morgan, who is in charge of territorial operations for West Mercia Police, was in the county today to oversee the operation.
Detective Inspector Pete Brophy, head of Shropshire’s Burglary Unit, said: “We are implementing a range of specific actions today, including targeting known suspects.
“People are being arrested where we find any evidence of criminality, such as stolen property or illegal drugs.
“Today’s actions are part of an ongoing process to maintain pressure on people we suspect of being involved in crime.
“We will not hesitate to charge offenders and put them before the courts whenever there is sufficient evidence.”
Police said officers would be targeting other parts of the county in the weeks ahead as part of the initiative.