THREE men arrested following the discovery of a £840,000 high-performance car 'chop shop' in East Lancashire have been released under investigation, police have confirmed.

The men, aged 22, 27 and 30, were arrested on Friday at addresses in Robert Street, Ash Tree Grove and Charles Street, all in Nelson, on suspicion of conspiring to handle stolen goods.

Officers searched three addresses in the town as part of their investigation, named Operation Tapper.

The arrests stemmed from the discovery of a number of stolen car parts in 10 shipping containers at a mill in Colne in April last year. They are top end BMW M-Sports, Audis, Mercedes, Volkswagens and some Ford Focus STs.

Police said the parts were from vehicles stolen in Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cumbria, Cheshire and North Wales.

Police said a significant amount of cash and a large quantity of suspected class A drugs were found as part of their searches on Friday morning.

Anyone with information can call police on 101.