POLICE have charged 22 people following a massive series of drug raids in Runcorn.

The 20 men and 2 youths are due to appear before Halton Magistrates′ Court in Runcorn this morning.

As reported at runcornandwidnesworld.co.uk yesterday, they were all arrested as part of a series of dawn raids.

Sixteen of those charged were remanded in custody overnight and the remaining six were bailed to attend court this morning.

Around 300 officers were involved in the operation - the biggest that Cheshire Police has ever carried out in relation to cannabis. And warrants and searches were carried out at a total of 25 properties across the town.

The operation was led by officers from Runcorn Neighbourhood Policing Unit − supported by colleagues from across the force.

Representatives from partner agencies including local housing associations were also involved in the operation.

Following the raids neighbourhood officers have been carrying out high-visibility patrols.