THREE men have been arrested after officers descended on an East Lancashire town.

Drugs, cash and weapons were seized after raids took place on three properties in the Whalley Road area of Clitheroe.

A cannabis grow was also located and dismantled.

Sergeant Kev Day said: "If you were around Whalley Road in Clitheroe yesterday evening you will almost certainly have seen plenty of police vehicles and police officers dashing around.

"The Ribble Valley Team, Rural Task Force, Targeted Crime Team and Firearms colleagues executed three warrants simultaneously under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

"Three males were arrested, a cannabis cultivation was located and dismantled and a quantity of drugs which were bagged up and ready to go were seized.

"We also found cash, an imitation firearm and some unpleasant bladed articles.

"All of these items have been removed from your streets and the arrested males remain in custody today answering a few tricky questions.

"It was a long day for all of the officers involved, but it is always satisfying to be involved in an operation that removes drugs, cash and weapons from the hands of criminals."