WEST Mercia Police has arrested 11 people during a targeted day of activity to crackdown on county lines across Shropshire.

On Wednesday, December 23, West Mercia Police supported Merseyside Police with its proactive officer investigation work and subsequent premises searches.

In total 11 people were arrested for various offences including possession with intent to supply class A, possession with intent to supply Class B, possession of a bladed weapon, as well as drink and drug driving offences.

More than £5,500 was also seized on the day and officers also conducted eight stop and searches during the day.

Detective Sergeant Steven Miller said the force's campaign to put an end to county lines 'would not stop for Christmas'.

"West Mercia Police is no different to any other police force across the country where county lines drug dealers are exploiting vulnerable young people and adults," sad DS Miller.

"Organised crime groups are targeting our communities and are often involved in serious violence and do not think twice about putting vulnerable people in frightening situations, causing them to make decisions that can ultimately change their lives and the lives of others forever.

"We are determined to do all we can to stop this from happening and are committed to tackling serious and organised crime as part of our Protect campaign that goes on 365 days a year and does not stop for Christmas."

Protect is West Mercia Police's response to tackling serious and organised crime and disrupting the criminal activity of those who cause the most harm in communities.

To report concerns about county lines visit the Tell Us About section of www.westmercia.police.uk or alternatively information can be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.