POLICE raided the homes of suspected drug dealers throughout Runcorn to warn them their behaviour will not be tolerated.

A dozen houses and flats were targeted by police chiefs following tip-offs from residents sick and tired of their lives being disrupted by dealers and their customers.

Many were fed-up at the stream of addicts and users calling at the homes of dealers day and night.

Others were furious at the number of crimes, including shoplifting and burglary, committed by drug users desperate for cash to get their next fix.

In each raid the front door was smashed down with a battering ram by police officers executing search warrants.

Insp Richard Hill, who led the raids dubbed Operation Low Key, explained that the surprise tactics were vital to prevent dealers disposing of evidence or flushing drugs down the lavatory.

Police say at some of the addresses targeted, drugs were being sold while there were young children in the property.