11 people from Wirral were among more than 500 arrested across Merseyside in a campaign targeting serious and organised crime.

One man aged 38 from Woodchurch was arrested on suspicion of drug driving in the area as part of Operation Presley.

Two men aged 41 also from Woodchurch were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs after officers noticed a strong smell of cannabis from their car. Officers searched the vehicle and found a large quantity of cannabis inside.

During the operation there was a total of 14 stop searches, six drug wipes and two vehicles seized.

Last week, police also took par in a day of action that targeted suspected organised criminals in Wirral.

A 35-year-old man from Birkenhead was arrested on suspicion of robbery, drug offences and burglary after officers attended several addresses in the area.

A 32-year-old woman was also arrested on suspicion of assaulting an officer in the same area.

Chief Inspector Peter Clark said: "Arrests like these means we can disrupt the activity of criminals and assist in proactive policing operations such as Operation Miller, through which we pursue and prevent organised crime groups across Merseyside.

"We hope these rising figures show our commitment in targeting anyone involved in drugs and serious crime.

"We will continue to target and disrupt criminals, who are destroying our communities, and remain committed to removing drugs and dangerous weapons across Merseyside.

"Any information we receive is vital in our ongoing investigations to tackle the root cause of serious and organised crime and we are acting on all the information we receive."

If you have any information on organised crime or weapons or drugs stored in your area please DM @MerPolCC or call 101.

Alternatively, if you do not want to speak to police, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.