POLICE found needles and signs of heroin abuse following two drugs raids carried out because of community concerns.

Officers targeted two properties in Hancock Street, Bank Top, Blackburn, yesterday and found needles and other items of class A drug paraphernalia.

The raids were carried out after people attending Police and Communities Together (PACT) meetings said they had found needles in back alleyways near the street and were worried about the behaviour of the people living in some of the buildings.

The police operational support unit, accompanied by officers from the neighbourhood policing team, used a battering ram to gain access to two bedsits shortly after 8am.

A full search of both homes was carried out. No arrests were made but inquiries are on going.

Yesterday's activity follows a series of raids carried out by the area team last month as part of a Beat Sweep operation.

Those raids were also carried out as a result of tip-offs from the public and police are stressing the importance of people attending PACT meetings.

The team can be contacted on 01254 353921.