Police have arrested 14 people in response to community information about the use of drugs and firearms at a number of Merseyside properties.

Raids at addresses in Reeds Road and Bakers Green Road in Huyton took place on Thursday evening and nine warrants were executed.

Three people were arrested for possession of Class A drugs with a street value of approximately £50,000.

A police spokesman said "gun and gang activities will not be tolerated".

Four people were arrested for possession of a significant quantity of amphetamine and a number of drugs paraphernalia was seized. One person was arrested for possession with intent to supply cannabis.

Those arrested were for drugs and firearms offences

A property was repossessed and boarded up by Knowsley Housing Trust and a pit bull dog was seized. Police arrested six people for offences including possession of controlled drugs, drink driving, assault and sexual assault and seized four vehicles for no insurance.

Anti-crime leaflets were distributed to neighbouring homes.

Supt Martin Andrew, from Merseyside Police, said: "In partnership with our communities we are sending out a clear message that drug, gun and gang activities will not be tolerated."

"Local people should be assured that our ongoing commitment to them is to listen to their concerns and respond to them with positive action."

Residents were praised for their help in providing information about illegal activities.