THREE people were held after five drugs raids across Blackburn.

Officers from the South West Blackburn Neighbourhood Policing Team carried out warrants at Pink Place, Coleridge Street, Exeter Street and two in Angela Street on Tuesday morning.

A woman in her 50s and a man in his 30s were arrested from the separate addresses in Angela Street.

The duo, who are mother and son, were held on suspicion on possession of Class A and B drugs.

A man in his 30s was held on suspicion of possession of Class B drugs at Coleridge Street.

The raids were part of a Beatsweep operation to clean up the area and involved a number of agencies.

Sergeant Paul Schofield said: “The information has come from community intelligence and within 24 to 48 hours, we have acted on it and dealt with it appropriately.

“The two raids at Angela Street are within 50 yards of Mill Hill Community Centre, where the police are based, and close to a local park.

"It won’t be tolerated because it affects people’s quality of life.”

Local resident and mother-of-one Yvonne Delaney, 24, said: “I think they should do it every week for everything that goes on in Mill Hill.

“The police encourage us to report more to them. It gives us the opportunity to make our neighbourhoods safer for our children.

“We don’t want them brought up in a society that’s full of drugs.

“We fully support them.”

The raids were being filmed by the BBC’s Crimewatch Roadshow producers for a programme to be screened at a later date.