TWO men were arrested on suspicion of drugs offences in Birkenhead as part of an ongoing operation to disrupt criminal behaviour and remove dangerous weapons from our streets.

They were in a Black Ford Focus that was stopped in Corporation Road by police, who believed they were acting suspiciously. 

The car was searched and a black bag containing cannabis was recovered, along with cash and a number of phones.

The driver was wiped for drugs, where he tested positive for cannabis.

Both him and the passenger were arrested on suspicion of drugs offences and have since been released under investigation.

The action was part of a police campaign targeting gun and knife crime across Merseyside.

A police statement read: "Activity across Merseyside will continue and officers are appealing directly to our communities to come forward with any information they may have in regards to people carrying or using dangerous weapons, where they are being kept or any wider information on criminal activity in Merseyside."

In Knowsley, a firearms warrant was carried out at an address in Mintor Road, Knowsley.

The occupier had a number of knives by his bed, claiming they were for safety reasons. These were removed and officers gave the occupier some alternative safety advice.

In Sefton, targeted teams carried out 'Operation Lockdown' on the Pendle Estate.

Here the officers were split into various teams and tasked with searching Rimrose Valley Park. This resulted in the recovery of a number of weapons including Stanley Blades concealed in the wooded area nearby.

Following this, two simultaneous warrants were carried out on Westminster Avenue.

A further number of weapons consisting of a pick axe handle with circular saw blade attached, an extendable baton, air rifle, and a white stick with knife attached to the end were signed over to police and two people were dealt with for drugs offences.

Activity continued on Clare Road, Bootle where a warrant was carried out and suspected drugs were seized. The occupant, a 39-year-old woman was given a caution.

Underwater Search Teams also searched the canal near Swifts Lane where an imitation firearm was recovered from the water. Investigations are ongoing to identify the owner.

Finally, the Mobile Police Station parked up in the Pendle Car Park where PCSOs took the opportunity to speak to members of the public providing them with a reassuring presence, crime prevention advice and a safe environment to voice their concerns.

In St Helens, police have been out on patrol in Haydock where they sighted a Peugeot van acting suspiciously.

Two people in the vehicle were searched and a quantity of suspected Class A drugs were recovered. Both were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

Whilst out on patrol, local policing officers also identified a man, wanted in connection with a Section 18 assault involving a knife.

A 22-year-old has since been charged with Section 18 wounding, possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and theft of a shop.

In Liverpool on Saturday armed officers conducted a stop check on a Mercedes on Bowring Park Road.

The front seat passenger tried to escape, however he was detained by officers and a small handgun, believed to belong to him, was recovered. A 19-year-old man from Belle Vale was later charged with possession of a prohibited weapon and has been remanded in custody.

In addition, whilst investigations continue in regards to recent discharges, Matrix and Local Policing Officers have arrested a number of wanted individuals for affray, possession of bladed article and drug supply offences.

Also, officers have been busy visiting pubs across the area, engaging with and working with landlords to ensure premises are well run and safe for customers.

And the operation continues. Merseyside Police said: "We rely on you coming forward and sharing information with us.

"Together, we can take these weapons off our streets, increase community confidence and ultimately save lives."