MORE than 200 cannabis plants have been discovered at a property in Birkenhead as part of a week of action by police.

The plants were found in a cannabis factory on Grange Road West as Merseyside Police carried out a week-long campaign targeting anti-social behaviour involving drug dealing and the use of motorbikes in the town.

Eight drugs warrants have been carried out within the Birkenhead and Rock Ferry areas.

During the raid, police uncovered a large quantity of cannabis at an address in Park Road North, where a 53-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drug offences.

Police also seized cannabis, cocaine, amphetamine and cash from other addresses.

Further operations have taken place within Birkenhead Park, where the number of high visibility patrols has been increased in order to address the issue of youths in the park late at night, and drug taking and dealing during the day and night.  

Eight people suspected of being prolific Wirral burglary and vehicle crime offenders have also been arrested over the last two weeks.

Birkenhead Neighbourhood Inspector Georgina Minnery said: "These warrants and arrests have caused significant disruption to some of our key targets for burglary, vehicle crime and drug offences, and we are planning further operations of this nature throughout December.

"Vital to our ongoing action is information provided by those in the local community who are most affected. We welcome, and will continue to act on, all information given to ensure that these issues are addressed on a continual basis by police and our local partners.

"If you have any information which may assist police, please share it either to one of my team by speaking with your local officer or PCSO, by calling 101, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."